I was always the kind of person who changed their career plans very often. I believe the first ever job I wanted was a lollipop lady (if you're not from the UK this is the person who helps children to cross the road safely) when I was around 6 years old. During our high school … Continue reading Career Choice: It’s okay to change your plans.
I love reading and I always have. So, when I started my PhD first thing I asked about was "what books do I need to read?" And whilst I was met with a lot of people who didn't use that many books on their PhD, I did manage to find some books myself which I … Continue reading Top 5 Books that saved me on my PhD
As of this month July 2018, the 13th to be exact, I will officially be in the final year of my PhD. I had a meeting last week with my supervisor to set some dates to work towards and we settled upon May 2019 when we fill in all the forms to say i intend … Continue reading Going into the Final Year of my PhD – Planning and Writing my Thesis
When I first started my PhD I was searching everywhere for the things I needed to buy for my PhD journey. I'm a little bit obsessed with stationery and I love any excuse to go out and buy some. I thought I would share some of my favourite stationery bits that have gotten me through … Continue reading Useful stationery for your PhD
During my youth I was an incredibly shy person. I would rarely make conversation, never volunteer an answer in classes and the idea of small talk absolutely terrified me. So, when I went to my first conference as a PhD student, I felt incredibly overwhelmed. I would often just wander around by myself, attend talks … Continue reading Overcoming Anxiety at Conferences
Ever since I was little I have always wanted to be a teacher - although an odd dream for a child to have - I was adamant it was what I wanted to do. I would "play" school with my friends and would give them notepads to write in, I even had a whiteboard in … Continue reading Finding what I wanted to do with my life: Journey into Teaching and Research.
The idea of writing for journals has been incredibly intimidating to me. As I mentioned in my post on getting published, my first publication was to an open access journal where I was able to meet with the editor and get his thoughts on my work, as well as the second reviewer, rather than going … Continue reading Writing for journals; thoughts of an early career researcher