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Every PhD student is different so there is no fixed way of staying motivated all the time. Here are a few ways to get motivated when a new term starts and these tips will help establish good work routines for the long term too.

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Mid-to senior-level academics have not only to deal with demands on their time and skills in terms of research, teaching, and administration, but must also demonstrate that they have significant leadership skills – that is, that they...

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It may seem contrary to consider moving out of Higher Education (H.E.) – it’s a vibrant, developing sector of work with plenty of opportunity for progression. There are many reasons people seek a change; a new client group, bureaucratic...

How To Manage Yourself

We’ve all had a manager who didn’t bring out the best in us. It can be frustrating and ultimately it can hold you back. But what about the way you manage yourself? How you do motivate yourself, get organised and keep your work/life...

Taking a Career Break

Have you ever dreamt of stepping off the treadmill of working life for a while? Of doing something completely different? We’ve all heard of sabbaticals for academics, but what about the rest of us? Here are some ideas on how to make it...

Overcoming Personality Clashes In The Workplace

Serious breakdowns in working relationships must be dealt with using departmental, company or institutional protocol in order to protect staff members and employers. However, we often encounter low level problems with colleagues, leading...

Career Development Toolkit for Higher Education Professionals

Careers in Higher Education (HE) are changing rapidly as institutions adapt to a global marketplace for students, and as the political and economic landscape becomes more challenging. Use the activities in this toolkit for inspiration as...

Career Planning ebook

This ebook contains 11 easy steps and simple activities to help you get started. Choosing to get a new job or to focus on regaining the love for our current job will benefit from a structured approach and this ebook is going to help you...

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As a history graduate you will have gained skills highly valued by employers, such as analytical and critical reasoning, oral and written communication and research skills - a history degree is a good launch pad for a wide range of...

Key Questions To Ask When Starting A New Job

The hardest part is over. You have submitted the application, been invited to interview and got the job. Well done! However, now you will be faced with a range of new challenges as you prepare to start your new job. Here are some...

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This article explores the issue of unpaid work and whether it is beneficial to your career. Whether you are a graduate leaving university, a postgraduate looking to enhance your skills, or someone looking for a career change or career...

Leading A Team Of Diverse Personalities – Part 6: Giving feedback

It is really important as a leader to give timely and relevant feedback to your staff and students. It can make a difference not only to the quality of their work going forward but also to their levels of job satisfaction.

Leading A Team Of Diverse Personalities – Part 5: Delegating Work

Delegation can be difficult, especially if you are delegating a task that you are used to doing yourself! This can cause issues around not wanting to let go and it can be difficult to think what the other person needs to know to do the...

Leading A Team Of Diverse Personalities – Part 4: Getting Things Done As A Team

Although diversity is incredibly valuable in a team, it can sometimes lead to blockages in just getting things done. As team leader, if you can see where some of these blockages might arise, you can start to explore better ways of working.

Leading A Team Of Diverse Personalities – Part 3: Problem Solving

Problem solving as a team can be difficult – as we have seen, some members will want to talk things through, others will need time on their own to think.

Leading a Team of Diverse Personalities – Part 2: Team Meetings

In part 1 we looked at the four sets of Myers Briggs Type Indicator preferences and how these lead to different approaches at work. In part 2 we will explore the impact of personality differences on team meetings and how, as a team...

Leading A Team Of Diverse Personalities – Part 1: Introduction

In order to develop good team working, it can be helpful to consider the different personalities that make up the team, how they contribute and how they may need to be supported differently

Mid-career Strategies

Many of the articles here on the jobs.ac website are designed for the early career scholar who is looking for a first job in academia. However, career dilemmas can hit at any stage. How do you develop your career if you are mid-stage...

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With the job market so competitive at the moment, you will probably have to handle rejection if you are looking for work.

Improve Your Employability With A Professional Qualification

Professional qualifications are offered by professional associations or bodies; organisations that support their members by providing training, qualifications and career development appropriate to a specific career sector. Universities,...

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