Career uncertainty, industrial postdocs, writing for highly-selective journals and more!
Thank you to everyone for reading our posts this month. We’ve been working closely with a lot of new writers, and we’re pleased that you’ve enjoyed what they have to say! Here’s a list of your top ten favourite reads from October.
This year Nature have been running their Graduate Student Survey, trying to understand what careers graduates are looking to do when they finish their training, and how they are preparing for them. In Graduate survey: Uncertain futures, Chris Woolston gives a great summary of the results, and shares some stories from graduate students around the world.
Industrial postdocs: A bridge between two worlds is a report from the Naturejobs Career Expo in London earlier this year, where Roche presented a workshop on the postdoctoral opportunities they offer.
The traditional route in academia – PhD, a postdoc or two (or three) and then professor – is one everyone is familiar with. But there are other options, as Careers in academia: Different options explores. This is another report from the 2015 Naturejobs Career Expo in London, where different types of academics gave an insight into their different roles.
The Naturejobs Career Expo reports are popular this month! Nature Masterclasses: Writing for highly-selective journals, is another report from the event, this time about one of the workshops run by the Nature Masterclasses team.
Science in court: Courage of conviction explains how expert witnesses have a crucial role in bringing science into the legal system — but the job is not without pressure.
Research profiles: A tag of one’s own explores the DOIs, digital identifiers, which can sort out scientists with the same names, and create a lifelong record of their work.
Career paths: Out of the ivory tower is (again!) a report on the keynote speech from the 2015 Naturejobs Career Expo. It shares the story of Phill Jones, who left academia to become the head of publisher outreach at Digital Science, a company that provides a multitude of services to scientists, institutions, publishers, and funding bodies.
Career planning: The next five years, by Naoimh O’Connor, one of our Naturejobs Experts, recommends a three-step process to laying the foundations for your future career in research.
Spotlight on Australia: Aiming for impact, explores how Australian institutions are striving to find better ways to translate research excellence into social, environmental and financial benefit.
Turning point: Nathalie Pettorelli is about a conservation biologist who innovates to share views of the planet and of women in science.
Thanks go to Catherine Seed, Rui Pires Martins, Caroline Weight, Ana Sofia Figueiredo, Gaia Donati, Daniela Quaglia, Zoe Self, Lauren Emily Wright, Lakshini Mendis, Rehma Chandaria, Paul Brack, Eleni Liapi and Lorraine Clark for volunteering, contributing and sharing their experiences, expertise, insights and advice on the Naturejobs blog this month. Without you, it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as interesting!
If you’ve got any ideas for a post that you think would be suitable for the Naturejobs blog, then get in touch! I really want to hear about your experiences in science so send me an email at julie dot gould at nature dot com. It might take me some time to get back to you, but I definitely will!
Happy Friday, and Happy Halloween everyone!