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July 14, 2014

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7:20 PM | Retirement of a Scientist: When Should I Announce It?
You've decided to retire. Depending on your organization's rules, you will have to file paperwork by a certain deadline and inform your supervisor or department chair. But deciding when to make your decision to retire publicly known is less straight-forward. Should you wait until the last minute? Do you drop hints as much as a year before? Do you announce at the same time you file the paperwork or tell your supervisor/chair? When should you tell your staff/students? When and how should you tell […]
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7:50 AM | I need your input please
In an ideal world the support we give you will provide the tools you need to manage your career; to enable you  to find the job you really love to do, the one which makes you bounce out of bed in the morning. Unfortunately it's not always an ideal world and many members we speak to are feeling overwhelmed in their career management. Whilst we have developed a number of ways to help you manage your career, we can always improve so I have a question for you: How can we help you manage […]

July 09, 2014

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12:58 PM | Getting your point across
Do the words ' Please can you prepare/deliver a presentation on x' fill you with dread? Presenting is part of many job descriptions and one which many people would rather avoid. In fact when a team a team of market researchers asked 3000 U.S. inhabitants “What are you most afraid of?” Many named more than one fear but right at the top came speaking before a group, followed by heights, insects, financial problems and deep water. (Source). An uneffective presentation can be […]

July 07, 2014

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6:24 PM | Retirement of a Scientist: When Should I Retire?
We are talking about retirement in this series of posts. Once your contemporaries begin retiring, you will begin wondering if it's time for you too to put down the pipette and hang up the lab coat (or whatever the equivalent is in your specialty). In the last post, I covered how to determine if you are ready to stop working. In this post, let's explore the factors that determine when you should retire.Deciding exactly when to retire is partly dependent on one's finances, as discussed in a […]

July 02, 2014

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10:00 AM | A problem shared is a problem halved?
Most of us have heard the old adage, "a problem shared is a problem halved" but how many of us share issues which affect us in the workplace? We might have a good old moan to someone we trust. Moaning about our situations is a natural thing, it can be a way of reacting to difficult situations where we feel we are not able to change outcomes. By moaning, we can feel some relief in sharing our discomfort with our friends, family and colleagues. But what if we stopped moaning and started […]

June 30, 2014

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3:48 PM | Retirement of a Scientist: Do I Want To Stop Working?
Visitors who have stumbled upon this website through a Google search for retirement information may be flummoxed at the question posed in the title of this post. Is she kidding? Who doesn't want to stop working? Well, the answer is: those people who love their work. And scientists often adore doing their research—thinking of an important question, designing a rigorous experiment to answer it, meticulously conducting the study, poring over the data, and putting it all together in a […]

June 26, 2014

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8:00 AM | Using your chemistry degree
One of the most common questions I am asked is: 'what can I do with my degree?'. I'm afraid my answer is very boring and I tend to answer it with a question: 'What would you like to do?' I don't do this to be awkward or to avoid the question but because the number of roles where a chemistry degree can open the door is vast. Let me show you what I mean. There is an annual survey carried out which shows the destination of students six months after they graduate called What Do Graduates Do?. […]

June 25, 2014

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9:15 AM | Careers inspiration at the University of Cardiff Roadshow 26th June
Are you a chemistry student at the University of Cardiff? The Royal Society of Chemistry Roadshow will be with you tomorrow (26th June). i'll be there to give a talk at 10.00 am on getting your career off to a flying start. Come and have a listen and a chat with me over lunch. Posted by Julie FranklinJun 25, 2014 10:15 am

June 24, 2014

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5:36 PM | Why Researchers Should Interact With The Public
Scientists usually have a strong opinion about directly sharing their work with the public. Some think it is not only a good idea but essential for scientists to explain their research in everyday language to a broad audience. Others think … Continue reading →

June 23, 2014

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3:32 PM | Retirement of a Scientist: Can I Afford To Quit Working?
In this series of posts, I'm talking about retirement. In the next few posts, I'll consider some questions that a scientist contemplating retirement needs to answer. Even if you are early- or mid-career, it's important to ponder these questions because they will help you plan ahead for this important stage in your life.Science is unique, I think, in that many (most?) of its practitioners actually enjoy what they do and would continue doing science even with little or no pay. At least, that is […]
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