Anne Cameron

  • Career building for new research postgraduates

    I've deliberately entitled this post 'career building' and not 'career planning'. If you're embarking on a research degree this week, you may very understandably feel that the first few weeks of a PhD programme are too early to be thinking...

  • Personal Statements for Academic Jobs

    I've been reading a few of these of late. Here are some thoughts on suggested structure and content, answers to 'FAQs' on personal statements and thoughts on pitfalls to avoid. Before you start It's very tempting to jump in straight...

  • Applying for jobs in academia - resources round up

    As the time of year is approaching when I spend quite a bit of my time giving feedback on academic job applications, I thought it would be a good time to draw together some useful resources on applying for jobs...

  • Research Funding and your career

    If you're planning a longer term academic career, be aware that academic employers will look for evidence of your ability to attract research funding. Depending on your research field it may not be easy for you to be a Principal...

  • Will moving help my academic career?

    I've recently been reading a report carried out by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services on the qualities, achievements and experience needed in order to obatin your first lecuring job. As the report is the result of a survey...

  • Just finished your PhD?

    We're seeing quite a few people at the moment who have recently finished their PhD thesis or are close to finishing. If that's you, you're probably exepriencing a range of emotions, which will vary according to the time of day,...

  • Who can I talk to about my career?

    When I shared a previous post about career planning for first year PhD researchers on a LinkedIn group, someone requested a follow-up post on who researchers can talk to about their careers, apart from Careers Services. I completely agreed with...

  • Entrepreneurship and Research - Innovation and Independence

    While looking through the Researcher Career Stories on the Vitae website recently, I was struck by how many of the researchers had started their own business or undertaken some form of freelance or consultancy work. Some set up their own...

  • Networking Nightmares

    As tomorrow is Halloween, we wanted to write a post on an aspect of career planning that could be considered a nightmare. Do you come out in a cold sweat at the thought of talking to someone you don't know?...

  • First Year PhD - too early to plan for your future?

    I was running the Careers Service stand at the University Induction sessions for new research postgraduates. While waiting eagerly for conversations with keen new researchers, my ear caught the following comment from someone walking by: 'Careers? It's a bit early,...