I currently run a centre that serves the professional, career, and research development needs of students and postdocs pursuing research at a university-affiliated research institute. We support more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists in acquiring the skills and expertise they need to succeed during their degrees and fellowships, as well as in academic, industry, government, and non-profit careers. Our workshops and events cover everything from mRNAi analysis to creating an effective LinkedIn profile, and our graduates have gone on to become influencers in every sector.
Prior to joining my current organization, I worked in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University, where I managed graduate and postdoctoral research funding competitions and launched the Graduate Professional Skills program, which offers academic and career development opportunities to over 6,000 Master's and PhD students.
I write about graduate reform and career development for PhDs in many places. With Daniel Powell, I'm the co-editor of Graduate Training in the 21st Century, which is an ongoing digital publication about the ways that grad school has, might, and should change in an era of enhanced technology and ever-decreasing numbers of professorial jobs.
I also write about being in grad school, getting out of it, and settling into a new career over at Hook & Eye. Since 2011, we've grown to a team of seven regular writers and nearly 900k page views. If you're interested in learning more about the site and what we do, check out the Storify of our recent panel at Digital Diversity.
You can also read about my transition into an #altac career, and my advice for others looking to move from a PhD into a non-professorial job, over at University Affairs. If you're looking to do the same, check out my resume writing services.
Want to read more? Check out:
- Things I Wish Someone had Told me During my PhD
- My 'I Quit' Letter
- Seeing the Links: Transferring Skills Between Work and Research
- The Damage Done by "Do What You Love"
- Making Transferable Skills Visible
- Writing the Dissertation, Bird by Bird
- So What Can You Do with That, Exactly?
- On the Skills Bind