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The impact of research worries me a little, especially when it's linked to funding. A lot of research is about building a paradigm or pushing it closer to an eventual shift. A lot of work won't have an impact until it's gathered moment, which could take years. And then by that point the funding will have been choked off :( I'm not a massive fan of the impact requirements for research assesement.
Consultants should pull their own weight! They get paid enough.
There definately should be courses aimed solely for job skills. In fact they should already be in place at school/college level. Maybe instead of General Studies A Level's they should have a Career Skills one. From what I remember about general studies I got taught some basic spanish, which was below the standard of GCSE I'd gotten in it previously. I got taught 'essay skills' which oddly enough were being honed in the psychology and history A levels I had, on a weekly basis. Same with critical thinking and debating. The only part of it I enjoyed was when I nearly got thrown out for debating the teacher over the opinion she expressed (as fact) in the debate lessons!
There wasn't really much going on career development wise. I had meetings with people here and there which basically boiled down to them telling me I should expect X grades and be able to get in Y universities.
I'm just guessing, so this may not be much use, that if the graduate tax came into force it wouldn't effect people with loans already in place or taken out previously. Mainly because the loan was an agreement, so it would be tricky for them to swap it over without our permission - The terms and conditions for us have already been set!
I think we would have to agree to swapping it over, and even then it might not be possible.
I'd gathered what you collected on the trip! It's not perhaps as time sensitive as the others, at least in the traditional sense, but if you're anything like me you'll soon forget details here and there. Probably best to get it gathered and organised whilst it's relatively fresh in the mind.
Then I'd aim for a sorting out the presentation and uniforms!
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I did my A Level Psychology so I could do my B.Sc, so I could do my PhD so I could work in the area. So every step of the way when ever transferable skills and employability have been mentioned I've been bored to death. I enjoy the area I'm in and want to work in it, I don't want to transfer elsewhere!
What confuses me most is how many students do a degree but aren't interested in the area or aren't interested in a career in that area. Our of all the people in my circle of friends who went to Uni only two of us, including me, are in an area related to out degree. Though there's one other person with a tenuous link. And very few showed a real interest in just the area. No learning for learnings sake that I could see. Lots of people seem to have gone to Uni because it's something to do, because it's expected or because they think they'll get a job out of it. When really they'd have been better off either getting a job straight off or waiting until they know what they want to do.
All the news about students struggling to get to Uni makes me pretty sad. Because there'll be a fair few people desperate to do a course because they're interested in it, because they've always dreamed of it or because it's the first step in the career they want, who can't get in because of how oversubscribed it all is. It makes me worry about my younger brothers, one who'll be attempt to go to Uni as a mature student next year on a course he really wants to do, and my youngest who knows exactly the area he wants to work in, and study later on.
I think I've strayed from the point :) I don't think it's the job of a lecturer to improve employability skills unless they teach a module on it! They should teach their area, and use their expertise. If any of it can be applied elsewhere and be used as a general skill then great but it should be up to the student's and career services to do the rest. The whole point of a degree should be to learn about an area, not to learn general job skills.
Most publishing is good. Even if the impact factor isn't high, or the journal itself isn't highly regarded, it's good to get the papers out there. The more you write the more likely you are to be read, and it gives you valuable experience of the writing and submission process. It also means you have papers you can refer to in subsequent papers which is better than referencing unpublished work.
Impact factors can change as well can't they? Your papers could be the ones to help do that :-D
I don't look at the impact factor when I'm looking for papers to read. If it looks relevant I'll give it a read and judge it on that really rather than anything else. I might trust the standards of certain journals more than others but it doesn't mean you can't find gems elsewhere or that the bigger journals won't publish absolute rubbish from time to time.
The only time I'd be hesitant to publish is if it looks like a vanity exercise.
For website reference I think you've got it right, so long as it's included in the main reference list with 'last retrieved/accessed on....' tagged on it.
My post got cut off at the end :(
Was going to add what worries me most about my CV/Applications is that I've not got my Phd in the bag yet. I'm almost there, and if it wasn't for delays beyond my control (in getting feedback) I think I'd have submitted or be extremely close to submitting. I just hope not having it yet doesn't count too much against me.
Ta muchly Montezuma and Bewildered! :-D
Sorry for reviving a dead thread but I thought it'd be better than making a new one. :D
I've got a job interview for a week today! I'm super excited as it's for a research position that doesn't seem too restricted to a previously determined project. From the info I've got about it there could be the chance to continue some of my phd research as well as branch out into other areas! The only problem I see with it is that I was offered a phd place at the uni in question 3 years ago and turned them down (It was a matter of timing rather than anything else. I got the other offer about an hour beforehand).
I was wondering if anyone had any advice for the interview? Especially when it comes to questions to ask. I've thought of a few about the project specifics and the teaching duties that come along with it. Any others that leap out though?
Also it's a panel interview rather than a presentation and an interview. Should I be encouraged by that?
Congrat's on submitting :D
My aim was to submit in a week or so but my original timetable has been blown out of the water by an extremely slow return of feedback (unavoidable in this case). From what I've heard though it might be possible to get the viva done within 4-6 weeks. Do you already know who your external is?
It's probably normal to feel a bit flat now, I wouldn't worry! You've been geared up and writing, working at 100% and now you've got a gap. Take some time for yourself and charge the batteries :D
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