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
These events are brought to you by RiAus (@RiAus) an Adelaide-based series of ECR-specific events, covering professional development and career topics specifically for early career researchers.
The first set of videos are from the ECR Network’s Grant Writing Workshop and are well worth a watch for all budding granting writing stars!
ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG6RwGAvvbQ
ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6UopHi2Y8k
ECR Network Grant Writing Workshop Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5p22rDRMY0
The final video comes from the ECR Network event on Understanding The Political Framework For Research
You can find out more about these and other ECR Network events on their webpage, including how to attend the events in person (if you are lucky enough to be within travelling distance of Adelaide).
The next ECR Network event will be held on 30th October on research independence. Tickets are still available, or catch the live stream on Twitter at #ECRchat
The next live #ECRchat is 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 postdocs. During her time as an ECR she became a big convert to the ideas and tools involved in being strategic about a research career. Career planning is now an important part of the training she provides, both online and in workshops she is running in Australia and Europe. Kerstin blogs on her company’s website www.postdoctraining.com and can be also be found on Twitter @PostdocTraining and on LinkedIn.
#ECRchat topic 26th June 2014: ‘Planning Your Career’
How do you plan your career as an Early Career Researcher? Is it even possible to plan effectively, given the low success rates for funding applications and competition for jobs? How do you strategize for what can feel as random as a lightning strike – for example that elusive opportunity to win your next job and to move on from the transitional postdoc stage?
What steps do you need to take to be strategic and create a career plan that works for you, whether it is within academia or beyond? What are good tools to use and who do you turn to for help with planning? How do you deal with set-backs and road blocks that threaten to ruin your plans? And do you have a ‘plan B’ in case ‘plan A’ does not work out?
Come and share your experiences and thoughts, and hear from others on this topic at the #ECRchat on Thursday 26 June, 8pm UK time (BST).
I look forward to hearing from you!
The topic of this discussion was Building and maintaining networks as an ECR, led by Dr Lizzie Towl, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
Building and Maintaining Networks
In the current research environment, it seems that “who you know” is becoming as important as “what you know.” Those special opportunities that might make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful job or funding application are often only accessible through networks. Networks are also very important for less material forms of support, too, and for finding out about the unwritten rules of research and academia. In this week’s ECR chat we discussed building, managing and maintaining networks. You can catch up with the chatter in this Storify.
By day, Dr Lizzie Towl assists PhD students with their professional development and research skills at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ; by night, she conducts research into Middle English literature and manuscripts. She aims to swap the two occupations around someday soon.
The next chat is on Thursday 12th June, UK/Aus timezones, hosted by Claire (@bookworm_29) on Publishing as an ECR.
For this event we teamed up with ECR Network by RiAus (@RiAus) an Adelaide-based series of ECR-specific events, covering professional development and career topics specifically for early career researchers.
Professional science communicators from RiAus and the Australian Science Media Centre reveal why it is important for researchers and research leaders especially, to engage the public and the media. How can you use public engagement and the media to benefit your career, and how do you best engage them? Professor Corey Bradshaw from University of Adelaide gives the researcher’s perspective and how his public engagement assisted his career progression. Be recognised as the expert.
You can watch the live discussion here: