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Travel and Academia
- Why do you travel? For fieldwork/ conferences or sabbaticals..?
- Do you go out of your way to find travel opportunities or would you rather stay home?
- What are the pros and cons of traveling for research?
1. I travel to visit neuroscientists and psychologists in their labs because it allows me to understand all of their research (not just the 10% that gets published), to get updates on the research (instead of waiting 3 years for it be published) and to understand the motivations and burning questions that drive their work. Also there is no better incentive to review a researchers work effectively than having a scheduled face to face meeting with them – Anita Collins (@bb_brains).
2. I go out of my way to email researchers and request a meeting which usually means travelling around the world. I have interviewed almost 100 researchers and only one has said no and that is because she changed her plans and wasn’t going to be at her lab. When I secure the meeting I get excited but in the end travelling is hard work and sometimes I would rather stay at home. But that is because it is easier; we need to do hard things to broaden our horizons – Anita Collins (@bb_brains).
3. Often it costs a lot of our own money and there is a tension between how much of my own money I feel I should spend to enhance my own career and what do I expect (and what is the reality) in terms of support I believe my university should be enhancing. I have to spend time away from my family and young daughter and the travel is usually very squashed between teaching commitments – Anita Collins (@bb_brains).
Healthy habits for coping with the PhD
What helps you get through the trials and tribulations of recruitment/ admin/ interviewing/ data collection/ analysis/ and the eternal write up…?
- Boxing (we’re both fans)
- Cooking/ baking (Pinterest is always good for recipe ideas…)
- Reading (Goodreads helps you find more of the books that you like…)
- Knitting/ crochet (check out the Knitty website for some good ideas!)
- For those looking for a new hobby, Laneway Learning is a fantastic group that hosts informal evening classes in anything you can think of – from discussion of Magaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, to cross-stitch, dancing, or tips on becoming a waste-free household. They have classes in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland and Singapore.
- The School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence. They apply psychology, philosophy, and culture to everyday life and host a range of talks, seminars and workshops all over the world; Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Melbourne, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei and Tel Aviv.
Managing the PhD and a side hustle
- What is your side hustle? Is it related to your future research/ career?
- How do you manage both? (Asking for a friend…)
1. Side hustle is a good way to earn extra cash, network, build some alternatives for your career, and it gives us a good change of pace from the ol’ PhD. There are some amazing women in academia doing all sorts of interesting side hustle – check out our interviews with Anita and Andrea as a start!
2. Managing multiple roles can be trick but rewarding – some good tips here!
We’d also be interested to know if people have been supported in their side hustle by their universities/ supervisors…?