Friday, March 31, 2017

Practical workplace advice by Anne Krook

Anne Krook has a page full of practical advice on how to get a non-academic employment, which is something that I have been looking for for a long time. So here is the link, and all beginning grad students should consult this page in the first semester of their program. She even has a post titled "can non-academic careers be Plan A yet?"!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How NOT to get a postdoc (or post PhD) position

Great story, with a clear message that is equally applicable to non-academic jobs after your PhD or MSc degree: you should be thinking about this during your graduate work, and not wait until you are almost done. Below, I have taken the her final paragraph, and I have made it a little bit more general (the bold sections are my changes):
"In general, I’ve seen that the people who get ahead in [academic ecology] the job market are those who have a clear vision of what [research] job they want to pursue and why it matters. As you finish your PhD, spend time thinking about a few possible future [research] job directions. What do you want to [discover] contribute to society? Why? And what will it take to make those [discoveries] contributions?"

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The bar is raised!

IB graduate students, if you want to make some more exiting defence announcements: twitter threw down the gauntlet, and the bar is now raised substantially.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Graduate click-bait: 4 Reasons Graduate Students Shouldn’t Have to Work Weekends

Despite the click-bait nature of the blog, this blog post has some perspectives that a lot of graduate students in our department will probably be able to relate to. Now I just wonder how many faculty members have a different perspective.