Posted in Professional development and Identity, Recap, The job search

Recap: #ECRchat on Acquiring New Skills

On Thursday 21 May, Beth Hellen (@phdgeek) ran an #ECRchat about acquiring new skills. The topic elicited a lot of discussion around the subject, with lots of good general peer to peer advice about the skills needed as a Phd student, postdoc and further on into an ECR’s caareer.

The storify can be found at https://storify.com/PhdGeek/ecrchat-on-aquiring-new-skills  

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Coming up: Developing new skills as an ECR

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 21 May at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CET), 15:00-16:00 in New York (EST), 12:00-13:00 in Vancouver (PST). This chat will be hosted by Beth Hellen, a postdoc at the University of Sheffield. You can find out more about her from her academia.edu account.

Learning is something integral to our lives as Early Career Researchers, but once your formal education is over, how easy is it to identify and learn new skills?

This #ECRchat will explore the types of skills we think it is important for ECRs to learn, how easy it is to access ways to improve these skills (information, courses, mentors etc.) and whether we can do anything as a community to help each other learn new skills.

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Recap: #ECRchat on Digital Tools

Our Twitter chat on Digital Tools (23rd April) was hosted by Piirus (http://www.piirus.com), itself a community tool for researchers who are looking for others to network with online, with a view to future research collaborations.
Conversation ranged from digital tools that can save researchers time, to social media sites or platforms and their strengths. Reference management, CVs, blogging, peer review and meeting co-authors are amongst the research activities discussed, which are affected by digital tools.
The storify can be found here:
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Recap: #ECRchat on Leadership and the ECR

A small but enthusiastic chat took place on November 13th on the topic of Leadership and the ECR. After coming up with a very long wish list for what it meant to be a leader in academia, we thought about the qualities that our leadership models displayed, and what this meant about the variety of possible leadership styles. There was less clarity about how ECRs can / should move towards leadership roles in different disciplines, especially given the need to balance individual research with other activities at the crucial early career stage. It was generally agreed that we could benefit from a further #ECRchat with someone already in a leadership position, for example an AHRC Leadership Fellow. Most interesting of all, though, was the observation that – based on the low number of participants – ECRs seemed uncomfortable talking about the desire to lead in such a public forum: if we really are expected to display leadership at every stage of our career, this is surely something that we need to address.

#ECRchat on Leadership and the ECR was lead by Jess Goodman. A storify of the chat can be found here: https://storify.com/GoodmanJess/leadership-and-the-ecr

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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.