Category Archives: Jobseeking

The pros and cons of doing a PhD in Brazil

I finished my PhD in 2016. It was the longest 4 years of my life but at the same time, the years passed in a blink of an eye. It was a lot of hard work that sometimes I couldn’t … 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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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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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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Falling at the Last Hurdle (Dealing with Post-Interview Rejection)

I recently had an interview for a job I really wanted, but didn’t get. It was a job that would have given me two years of time to dig into my new project, develop some cool public engagement programmes, make … Read More »

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Lifelong academic?

One of the reasons why the topic of academic careers and the notion of “failure to become an academic” is so emotive is the notion of academia as a passion or a calling, as Ellie very rightly notes in her … Read More »

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Jobseeker, know thyself

I mentioned previously that during my fairly intensive job hunt I did some work with a coach to help me build up some more emotional resilience as I was dealing with a fall out from interview rejections and feeling quite … Read More »

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Mentoring and post-PhD transitions

I wrote recently about my experience of relying on coaching in my post-PhD transition, especially in terms of making the move from fixed-term insecure employment to a permanent position that would allow me to actually have a career path and … Read More »

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Post-PhD job hunt and recruitment agencies

When searching for a job last year, I initially focused almost exclusively on universities as this was an environment I was familiar with and felt really committed to, even more so after completing the Aurora development programme run by the … Read More »

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