Don’t let the fact that you have a PhD limit the way you see yourself

My latest blog on University Affairs discusses how each individual should decide their professional identity for themselves.

You can think of research as one of your many useful skills, one that may come in handy in whatever job you have, but not necessarily your primary skill, and certainly not your primary identity. You are welcome to think instead of yourself as a teacher, or an analyst, or a problem solver, or a communicator, or – in my case – as a community builder. These are all fine. You can think of yourself as a marketer or salesperson, or as a writer or editor, or as an artist or thinker. Don’t let the fact that you have a PhD limit the way you see yourself.

Read the full post here.

Transition Q & A: Lisa Bélanger

My latest blog post from University Affairs is an interview with Dr. Lisa Bélanger, an award-winning researcher, innovator, and CEO of ConsciousWorks.

I knew I wanted to create impact for the work I had done in my PhD. I had become incredibly passionate about how seemingly small behaviours could have such a large impact on people’s health. While I worked specifically with cancer survivors, I was keen to also work with people before they got sick.

Read the full post here.

Webinar: Engaged Academics in the Age of Mass Distraction

Webinar: Engaged Academics in the Age of Mass Distraction

It’s been a crappy last few weeks in the US, and the crappiness is certainly creeping past the border. A lot of us feel strongly that we should do something — but what? And how? And what about all the other work we have to do?

It’s in this context that Maren Wood, my partner in Beyond the Professoriate, came up with the idea of us hosting an online workshop to help academics (broadly defined) figure out what their personal contribution could be. I agreed and we’ve invited our colleague Michelle Dionne Thompson to join us. So that makes three history PhDs who now work as coaches for academics (and lawyers too in Michelle’s case).

Interested? Join us this Friday, 3 March, at 12pm ET for this online workshop.

Learn more and sign up here to join us!

Transition Q & A: Stacy Lockerbie

My latest blog post for University Affairs is an interview with anthropologist and research associate in family medicine Stacy Locerbie:

I was tired and burnt out after graduate school; however, working in medicine has revived my passion for research. Although I am happy working outside of anthropology, I am grateful for the tool kit anthropology has supplied me. Throughout my academic pursuits for the Masters and the PhD, I have worked extensively on research overseas and have gained the tacit knowledge and patience about relationship building and connecting to people from different backgrounds. I feel like I have a unique voice that compliments that of physicians.

Read the full post here.

Transition Q & A: Hillary Hutchinson

My newest blog post for University Affairs is an interview with career coach Hillary Hutchinson:

What do you do now?

I am a career coach specializing in helping people in academia either get their writing done in order to advance through the tenure process, or help them find an alternative career to academia if they decide to leave. I love helping career changers. Many people need help telling their new story in a positive way, showing that the current direction is built on past experiences.

Read the full post here.

How to prepare for a future job search

My newest blog post for University Affairs is about gearing up for a job search:

[I]f you’re midway through your graduate degree — or working a multi-year contract and considering your options for afterward — what can you do before applying for jobs?

A successful non-faculty job search comes down to three main things: skills, networking, and professionalism.

Read the full post here.

Make 2017 the year of “What if I…?”

Happy New Year! My latest blog post looks at a tool a client of mine told me about, a way of switching up one’s thinking in a positive, more impactful way.

A client shared this bit of wisdom with me a while back: Instead of admonishing herself with “I should…” she replaced it with “What if I…?”

Reframing the sentiment as an open question turns it into something positive and future-oriented. The answer focuses on the benefits of taking an action, rather than the guilt or shame that accompanies not doing what she “should.”

Check out the full post on University Affairs!

Transition Q & A: Lino Coria

This week’s story is that of Lino Coria, a computer vision engineer at Wiivv Wearables and partner at Scribble Consulting. He started his career as a professor in Mexico, but for family reasons moved back to Canada, took a postdoc, and now works in industry.

What are your favourite parts of your job?

I like to discover elegant solutions to complicated problems. I cannot go into details but we were able to identify a novel way of solving one of our greatest challenges. It was a game changer.

Neat! Read Lino’s full Q & A over at University Affairs.