Author Archives: Anna Gruszczynska

About Anna Gruszczynska

Dr Anna Gruszczynska completed a PhD in sociology at Aston University and has since worked in a variety of project management roles in higher education sector. She is currently working as an IT project manager at Birmingham City University where she is responsible for software projects and developing good project management standards. In addition, she is a qualified coach and brings her understanding of post-PhD transitions into her part-time coaching practice where she supports people who have big goals such as finishing a PhD or transitioning into a more fulfilling job. She is also a keen runner, with a passion for ultra-long distances and running round in loops and is training towards her first 24-hour event. She blogs at chasingyourgoalscoaching.wordpress.com and tweets at @akgruszczynska.

Post-PhD transitions – interview with Dr Ruth Price, Senior Consultant

This is first in a series of interviews with PhDs who chose careers outside of academia – hopefully will provide inspiration and an insight into possible paths after the doctorate! Dr Ruth Price is Senior Consultant (Talent Solutions) at CEB, … Read More »

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New podcasts on the blog – accounts of post-PhD transitions

When I listen to stories of post-PhD transitions, whether in the context of various communities in which I participate or in the context of coaching conversations, the theme of silence and isolation comes up quite frequently. Very often, those going … Read More »

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Confidence in personal and professional life, PhD edition

A couple of weeks ago I was called into the office of the boss of my line manager who told me that I needed more confidence in my delivery. And he was absolutely right, I was having a major wobble … Read More »

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Talking about unemployed PhDs

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the post of my fellow Post-PhD life blogger, Ellie Mackin on her experiences of job insecurity one year out of PhD and the bitter-sweet success of getting shortlisted for a major postdoctoral scheme … Read More »

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On being “overqualified” on the job market

Recently I’ve been reflecting on the topic of PhDs being “overqualified” after the issue cropped up in a couple of conversations with colleagues and coachees. Some of the concerns were voices by people usually on the hiring side who wondered … Read More »

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Ideal jobs and the post-PhD hunt

The topic of “ideal job” seems to be coming up quite frequently in the context of the coaching conversations I have with PhD students and graduates. Sometimes it is because they hinge the process of career planning on identifying that … Read More »

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Confidence and post-PhD transitions

I was recently reflecting on a thread from the Chronicle of Higher Education discussion forum which focused on confidence after leaving academia, quite topical in light of forthcoming #withaphd Twitter chat on the same topic. The thread suggested that the … Read More »

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Dispatches from 9 to 5 or post-PhD myth busting

One of the things that is really difficult about undergoing change or even contemplating change, whether environmental, political (and in the UK we’ve had plenty of that in the past couple of days!) or personal can be the fear of … Read More »

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Informational interviews in the post-PhD job search

As an IT project manager I spend a lot of time in “as-is” process mapping meetings and they are more interesting than the name may suggest.  To start with, they happen to be a key component of software development and … Read More »

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Career resources for the post-PhD job hunt

Following from Ellie’s very helpful post on resources for academic job-seekers, here’s a companion piece on resources for those seeking to transition outside of academia. Because there is such a plethora of information out there on the topic, I decided … Read More »

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