Tagged: careers

New Zealand women in STEM – talented and diverse - Curious and Curiouser

Victoria Metcalf Feb 19, 2016

We have a plethora of talented women in diverse STEM-related careers within New Zealand. Profiling some of these incredible women on the web is one aspect of the Curious Minds initiative. Supporting those women who enter into a science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM career is just as important as using those same women as positive role models for … Read More

Women in science – yesterday, today and tomorrow - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Feb 14, 2016

February 11th marked the first ever International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as declared by the UN. These are my reflections on women in science drafted the day after this inaugural event. Yesterday Yesterday I spent time in the morning reading about some of the latest sexual harassment cases for women in science. It’s disturbing just … Read More

Basking in the conference afterglow or swansong? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Sep 11, 2014

Conferences are seen as one of the few remaining perks of a scientist’s life. A chance to step away from academia and to travel, even if only out of one’s earthquake ravaged home city. Sometimes though, as much as they energise and present opportunities to reconnect with the scientific community, conferences can be a harsh reminder of just … Read More

Pratchett on becoming a manager: this too for scientists - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 09, 2014

I frequently hear or read of senior scientists bemoaning that they no longer do science, but manage. That in becoming a PI (principle investigator) working life has become dominated by paperwork, coordinating things and meetings. Pratchett puts moving up career ladder to management responsibilities so eloquently in Night Watch (2002, hardback, p24) through the mind of … Read More

From science PhD to careers outside academia: what might help? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 29, 2013

(Update: This article is for those who want to browse and explore the topic. Those wanting to get to the meat of it may like to head straight to the Some possible questions section.) Not just outside academia, but also outside science. If we are to believe BugGirl’s blog post, some might describe leaving academia as … Read More

University Students prefer Arts over Science - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds May 23, 2012

An article which appeared in this weekend’s Sunday Star Times and also on Stuff (here) describes how, despite a tight job market, twice as many students are studying creative arts as information technology, with more than a third of university students choosing to study society, cultural or creative arts subjects. This is compared to only 6% of students studying … Read More

Careers Expo – The Good, the Bad, and the Funny - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds May 16, 2012

I’ve just spent the last three days at our stand (Christhchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology)at the Canterbury Careers Expo. It has been an interesting experience which I have been reflecting on since it finished yesterday afternoon. The Good I talked to alot of Year 12 students who are using the Careers Expo to find out what subjects they need for … Read More

"Other" career paths – #IamScience - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 28, 2012

I’ve previously written about careers other than the implied norm of school → undergraduate → post-graduate → post-doc → academic staff. Those interested in browsing short takes on others’ science-related career paths could read a storify account of the #IamScience twitter stream. Skip past the back story if you’re in a hurry and start from the … Read More

Why there are so few scientists in politics - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 28, 2011

I used to think that Parliament would be a better place if it had more scientifically trained politicians, but have watched the furore occurring around Darren Hughes and the Labour party, I think I see why very few politicians have scientific training – the thought processes needed for each career are diametrically opposed. Scientists train to be as objective as they can … Read More

Career paths, redux – the academic research career is the exception - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 22, 2010

Two recent posts from (parts I and II) review a graduate student forum where two university staff members presented their thoughts about career paths. I’d like to use these as an opportunity (well, excuse) to pull together in one post some of things I have previously written on this topic, about science-based careers outside academia. Read More