Hi <<First Name:>>,
In April I was doing one of my favourite things, which is heading into universities and running careers sessions with researchers! A few years ago, it could feel like I was raising a taboo subject, when I started talking about career options outside of academia. For some PhDs the idea of working outside of a university was unheard of, or perceived as second-rate or abandoning one's principles.
This year, in my sessions for conferences at Oxford Brookes and York, it was fantastic to hear researchers and lecturers talking positively about ALL of the career options open to PhDs. It really shows the progress that's been made in changing perceptions of what researchers can do (and should do) post-PhD!
I especially enjoyed hearing researchers introduce themselves under a professional title, rather than just as someone 'doing a PhD'. My favourite examples were: a professional conservationist, a legal consultant, a theatre maker and an events organiser. Very impressive and employable titles!
Please do drop me a note
via the contact form on my blog, if you'd like to invite me to a careers event at your university or organisation.