Category Archives: Skills development

The art of networking – test out your approach

A new networking game for PhD students is now available to help you to experiment with, evaluate and learn various networking skills, strategies and techniques. Why not have a go at this and let us know what you think? You … Continue reading

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Public engagement training for Arts and Humanities PhD Students

If you are a PhD student in the arts and humanities you can apply to undertake training in public engagement in Aberdeen with the BBC’s Helen Keen. Selected participants will travel to the University of Aberdeen on 19 November to … Continue reading

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Data science as a career

Big data  is a term we’re all hearing a lot lately.  There are many reports saying that more skilled people are needed to work in roles related to analysing and using this data; you can see a recent article here … Continue reading

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Career Confident

A week-long programme of events will be running on campus throughout the week commencing 23rd February. These events,  all short workshops, can be booked on an individual basis and are open to all Edinburgh students.  Themes being addresses are: networking personal branding professional etiquette commercial awareness … Continue reading

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Business insights and experience

I talk to many PhD students about what they are going to do when they finish their PhD.  Many of them have had limited experience outside the academic field and are a little bewildered by the world of ‘business’.  What … Continue reading

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How to develop your profile in and outside academia

Just in case you haven’t noticed this Vitae event for researchers I thought I’d mention it.  It’s a live online #vitaehangout dedicated to self-promotion, pitching your ideas, networking and developing your independent profile inside or outside academia.  Thursday, 27 November, … Continue reading

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53 interesting ways to communicate your research

I’ve just been wading through many e-mails after an extended period of leave and  I came across an interesting post on The Thesis Whisperer blog.  It’s about communicating your research, an essential skill for all research students.  You can read … Continue reading

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Do positive role models increase public speaking confidence?

I was at a conference recently on ‘Inspiring women in academic medicine and the medical sciences’, organised by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.  I don’t want to talk about the conference (this time) but several of the speakers … Continue reading

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PhD student internships within University of Edinburgh

Some of you may be interested in three new internships within the University of Edinburgh open only to current postgraduate research students.  The part-time roles offer 3 to 6 hours per week for approximately 6 months allowing you to work … Continue reading

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Using LinkedIn Effectively

My colleague Rebecca Valentine, a careers adviser working with students in the Business School and School of Economics, wrote an update on a session we both attended yesterday on using LinkedIn effectively.  She posted in on her blog and I’ve … Continue reading

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