Thursday, November 12, 2015

10 Cardinal Rules for Lab Scientists

Science is hard enough to do - here are 10 tips and tricks to make lab life a little easier!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

How to work out what you want to be when you grow up - An intro to Individual Development Plans for Scientists

By Afirsichbaum (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Afirsichbaum (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
What are you going to be when you grow up?
We are already adults, yet the majority of postdocs and PhD students are likely plagued with this simple question that we have been asked since we could talk.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The secret to an effective job search for PhDs

Have you been sending out hundreds of job applications?

Do you apply to any job that you are remotely qualified for?

You are doing the job search wrong.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

How to do the networking dance.

photo credit: ODChallenge_Decoy-Media-8512 via photopin (license)

At every science career development event you go to and every person you speak to, it is likely that the resounding theme to their ability to land their dream job is networking. This is unsurprising given that the US Bureau of Labor estimates approximately 70% of all new hires landed their job due to networking (with 40% of these jobs not even advertised!). Unfortunately to many people, “networking” is going to events, shaking lots of hands and throwing out your business card like it was confetti. This IS NOT productive networking!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Pros and Cons of doing a PhD - Part II

Check out Part I of this post (if you haven't already!). 

The Pros and Cons of doing a PhD - Part I

My PhD graduation! Should you get a PhD?
There is much debate about the career prospects of scientists, especially those in STEM fields. Are we training too many PhDs? Can the postdoc (the next training step after a PhD in academia) still be considered a temporary position anymore?
Will they all get a job? Not in academia at least, with only an estimated 10% of PhD holders actually securing academic positions.

These and many other issues have been argued across conference rooms and campuses across the world and anyone considering a PhD should absolutely evaluate whether a PhD is something they should do. So, should you get a PhD?

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Story of Ania

My sister and I on my first day of primary school!
Check out the frilly socks I was rocking!
The following is my story - how I came to where I am now: