My schedule for finishing my PhD

The last few months have been particularly busy, I have been finishing my PhD, working full time, marking, teaching online, and running this blog. I promise this post isn’t for your sympathy,  it is to be transparent about the difficulties of fitting this much in, but in the same vein showing that it is possible (although probably not sustainable long […]

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Email Etiquette

Sending an email is an integral part of many of our jobs and while it seems so simple (and often it is) the email etiquette can make the whole thing very confusing.  How does one address the person they are emailing? Use formalities (Dr., Professor, Mrs, Mr ?), go with a full name? When is it okay to start using […]

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Feature Day in the Life of: Dr. Kate, recently PhDone student in ecology and evolutionary biology

Hey, I’m Kate (click here for instagram), recently PhinisheD grad student in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz. I studied the recovery of an endangered marine snail, black ablane, from a disease outbreak in the 1980s, and looked at where we find them years later on the Channel Islands of California. I knew that sea otters, a threatened […]

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Greening Your Business

**In Collaboration**  Businesses are facing increasing pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, but it can be tricky to find ways to effectively limit your impact on the environment. For organisations operating in Australia, it’s essential to find the right balance between adopting eco-friendly processes and minimising costs. Find cost-effective ways to green your business with these top tips… Recycle on-site […]

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Finding Your First Professional Job

**In Collaboration** One of the main reasons that we enter a program of higher education, whether it is a college course, a university degree or even a PhD is that we believe that it will increase our employment options when we graduate. Perhaps naively, we assume that having an extra qualification will get our CV or application form to the […]

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Featured Day in the Life of: Rachel, PhD student researching consumer apparel and retail.

Hi there! My name is Rachel Rose and I am a second-year PhD student in consumer, apparel, and retail studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My research focuses on the intersection of sport and apparel, and specifically considers the consumption behavior of collegiate athletes. I also serve as an academic advisor for our department! I recently started […]

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Skills to put on your CV

If you find yourself in a similar position to where I was a few months ago. Where you are a PhD student looking to get out of academia and into the industry, then you may be struggling with your CV. It is hard to know what skills you have learnt through your PhD are appealing to employers. Although, I am […]

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Considering Careers that Can Help Others

**In Collaboration** Many of us pursue careers for the sake of money alone. This is understandable. After all, we work to make an income that can provide us with all of our essentials and afford us a better quality of life. But there are other things you might want to take into consideration when considering a career. For some of us, an important factor for our work is helping others. So, if this sounds like you, here are just a few careers you might want to consider that can significantly help others.   Nursing The medical field is a high intensity career option. You’ll work long hours and will have to exert extreme emotional control to give your patients the highest quality of care possible. You will find yourself working alongside some of society’s most vulnerable members, but you will be able to take steps to either get them on the road to recovery, or make them as comfortable as possible while they deal with their illness. There are a number of roles in medicine that you could pursue and each could change people’s lives. But for now, let’s take a look at nursing. Nurses have a long list of responsibilities. They administer injections, give medication to in-patients, take blood samples, take urine samples, manage intravenous lines and observe and record patients’ conditions. On top of this, they will be a general point of contact and support for the friends […]

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Differences between Market Research & Academia

Although both academia and market research revolve around research, that is almost where the similarities stop… Deadlines are very quick in market research and they are non-negotiable.  In market research you can be more creative with data visualisation as you’re not restricted by journal rules or formatting styles Work hours are less flexible in market research than in academia (although […]

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Featured Day in the Life of: Hajer, graduate student using brain imaging technology to understand neurodevelopmental disorders

Hi everyone, I’m Hajer Nakua, a second-year graduate student at the University of Toronto, Canada. My work uses brain imaging technology (such as MRI) to understand the relationship between behavioural constructs and brain circuits in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Almost all my work is conducted on very powerful computers or computing systems!  As with any grad student, my day to […]

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