Coming Up: Transferable Skills for ECRs

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 2 October at 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), 20:00 in Sydney (AEST). This chat will be hosted by Kerstin Fritsches (@postdoctraining)

You hear it a lot: “researchers need to develop transferrable skills” – but what exactly are transferrable skills and which ones do you need for careers within academia and outside? How do you go about developing these skills and demonstrate to prospective employers that you have them?

Join us for the live #ECR chat on Thursday 2nd October to find out and share your thoughts on the subject.

Host Biography

This #ECRchat will be hosted by Kerstin Fritsches. After a 12-year research career in neuroscience, Kerstin now runs PostdocTraining, an independent organisation specialising in career development training and mentoring for early career researchers around the world. Kerstin blogs on her company’s website www.postdoctraining.com and can be also be found on Twitter @PostdocTraining and on LinkedIn.

Coming up: #ECRchat Anything Goes, 18 Sept 2014

The next live chat is Thursday 18th September 2014 at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST) and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EDT). This chat will be hosted by Katie Wheat (@KL_Wheat).

#ECRchat Anything Goes!

Today’s #ECRchat is a return of the ‘ask #ECRchat anything’ format.

Is there something that has been bugging you lately? Do you have a burning question that your ECR peers might be able to help with? Are there ECR issues that you feel we haven’t discussed recently?

Bring your questions, advice, or something you would like to get off your chest; anything goes!

See you then!

Katie

 

Coming Up: Knowledge Exchange and Collaborations

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 4 September at 11:00-12:00 in the UK (BST), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CEST), 20:00 in Sydney (AEST). This chat will be hosted by Debbie Maxwell (@deb_max)

Knowledge Exchange (KE) is a bi-directional process between academia and external groups, i.e. communities, businesses, or organisations, that enables the flow of information and knowledge between the two (or more) groups. The importance of KE, along with public engagement and the ability to demonstrate impact of publicly funded research, is of increasing importance, particularly within Arts and Humanities.

In this chat we will discuss what the value and potential is in engaging in research projects with non-academics, and whether ECRs should be leading the academic community on this work.

Host Biography

Debbie Maxwell (@deb_max) is one of those increasingly common breeds of interdisciplinary researchers; originally from a computer engineering background she has now found herself working in art schools on design projects. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, working on ‘Design in Action’, a large arts and humanities knowledge exchange project. She is interested in unpicking what knowledge exchange (KE) actually is and the skills required by academics, and ECRs in particular, to engage effectively with industry and the third sector. Outwith this, she is interested in the ways people interact with and reshape technology and the roles that storytelling can play across media and contexts, having worked closely with traditional storytellers.

Coming Up: How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy

The next live chat is Thursday 21 August at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST), 15:00 New York (EDT), which is Friday 07:00-08:00 in New Zealand (NZST).

How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy

Do you ever think about what you would do if your research position would unexpectedly end in a few months? With the volatile nature of research funding, early-career researchers need to plan ahead before they are left scrambling for another position and taking that first job offer that comes along, which may not be in line with your professional goals.

One way to prepare is to develop a career exit strategy — a short-term job, volunteer position or other activity — that would allow you to stay active in your professional field, while refocusing your efforts on your ultimate career goals.

In this chat, we will brainstorm on possible exit strategies, how to also use this exit strategy to further build skills and ways to keep looking forward during career transitions. For more information on the concept of a career exit strategy, read the following blog post by Donna Kridelbaugh in advance of the #ECRchat.

Host Biography

Donna Kridelbaugh (@science_mentor) holds an advanced degree in microbiology with over five years of postgraduate research and teaching experience in academic and government labs. Last year, she leaped over the institutional walls to start her own communications consulting business, providing writing, editing and career matchmaking services. In her spare time, she advocates for and writes about self-mentoring as a process for early-career professionals to learn how to be proactive and take charge of their own career management. This fall, she will also work for circus peanuts as an adjunct instructor but the value of expanding young minds is priceless. Learn more at http://ScienceMentor.Me.

What should the topic for 21st August’s chat be?

The next #ECRchat is on Thursday 21st August at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST), and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EST) and Fri 7am Auckland (NZST). This chat will be hosted by Donna Kridelbaugh (full bio below).

 

Please vote for your preferred chat topic (topic descriptions below):

 

The poll topic will be decided on Monday 18th August.

Donna Kridelbaugh (@science_mentor) holds an advanced degree in microbiology with over five years of postgraduate research and teaching experience in academic and government labs. Last year, she leaped over the institutional walls to start her own communications consulting business, providing writing, editing and career matchmaking services. In her spare time, she advocates for and writes about self-mentoring as a process for early-career professionals to learn how to be proactive and take charge of their own career management. This fall, she will also work for circus peanuts as an adjunct instructor but the value of expanding young minds is priceless. Learn more at http://ScienceMentor.Me.