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Friday, 31 August 2012

Post-PhD

For those of you who are approaching the end of your studies or have recently finished, there are plenty of resources out there to help with the transition.

Dr Katherine L Wheat, a postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University writes the Life After Thesis blog. Take a look at her post on the Top 10 Post-PhD Resources. Her suggestions cover all elements of post-PhD life including how to prepare for an academic career, dealing with uncertainty and finding a strong support network. The new twitter chat for early career researchers - #ECRchat - is intended for the discussion of post-PhD career issues. The next chat takes place on Thursday 6th September, so join in!

PhD2Published features on our blog roll and is a great resource for early career academics seeking to publish their first book. The site also offers tips and advice on:
  • Pitching to publishers
  • Designing a publishing strategy
  • Presenting at conferences
  • Writing articles and books
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Using social media for research and self-promotion
  • Understanding the publishing business
  • Current and possible future states of publishing
  • Academic life
Also worth a look is the blog Researcher Life: the early career researcher experience, hosted by the Warwick Research Exchange. Stephen Soanes' recent post on 'An ECR Journey' provides a good account of the variety of positions open to researchers post-PhD.

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