Episode #37: Tips & Tricks on Mental Health during your PhD

Episode #37: Tips & Tricks on Mental Health during your PhD

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20170902_214903Welcome to a special episode of PhD Career stories. Our guests today are Yorick Peterse and Maria Eichel, whom we met at this year’s Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers (#MPSAECR) in Berlin, Germany. At this symposium, Maria and Yorick conducted a workshop on Mental Health and also wrote an article about it on the blog of the Max Planck PhDnet entitled The Mental Health of PhD Candidates.

Today, Maria and Yorick will tell us how “normal” it is to encounter mental health challenges during a PhD, which sounds rightfully alarming. There are numerous preventive and coping measures that can ease the situation. Some of these lie in your own hands, some are – and should be – offered to you by the research institution.

Reading suggestions

M Lisa, (Nov 2017) […] for better Graduate Student Mental Health. Academic Mental Health Collective

P Yorick, (Oct 2017) The Mental Health of PhD Candidates. Max Planck PhDnet

A Teresa, (Oct 2017) When the going gets tough, let me counsel you to seek counselling. phdlife.warwick.ac.uk

P Kate, (July 2017) Is it still taboo to take a mental health sick day? BBC News

L Katja et al, (May 2017) Work organization and mental health problems in PhD students. Research Policy 46(4) 868-879, doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2017.02.008

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Episode #33: Michael Gralla’s tips & tricks

Episode #33: Michael Gralla’s tips & tricks

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z62xzavrd1foz2pvw6dk_400x400Michael Gralla returns for a Tips & Tricks on Career Building, to shed light on what else is important to work on despite your scientific skills. In episode 26 you can hear what motivates him and why he is currently pausing his PhD for is own human capital company.

Linkedin: /michaelgralla
Website: fby – Find the Best in You.
Twitter: @michaelgralla

 

My three tips: 1) Become an expert in a discipline unrelated to your PhD project. 2) Get out! 3) Be brave.

 

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Episode #30: Tips & tricks on how to finish your academic work on time


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Åsa BurmanIn episode 30 of PhD Career Stories, Åsa Burman returns for a tips & tricks-themed podcast. In this episode, we learn more on why shifting focus from what you are working with to how you are working will increase your productivity. In addition, we are presented with different productivity tools and how you can apply them to your own work situation.

Dr Åsa Burman has a broad background and professional experience from business, academia, and social entrepreneurship. Amongst other things, Åsa is the Founder and CEO of Finish On Time – a company that helps graduate students, postdocs, and other academics to finish their academic work on time and feel well during the process. So far, over 1000 PhD students, supervisors, professors and researchers have participated in conferences and seminars organised by Åsa and her colleagues Johanna Clausen Ekefjärd and Henrik Levinsson. Earlier this year, she also published her first book: Bli klar i tid och må bra på vägen: Handbok för doktorander (Natur & Kultur, 2017) which is to be translated into English during next year.

Want to know more about Åsa? Listen to her inspiring story how her years as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley paved the way for her career today: Episode #28: Åsa Burman’s story.

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Episode #22: Tips & and tricks on how to prepare for your career after a PhD


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Dr Amanda González-Bengtsson is a Public Relations Manager at Stockholm University and her passion is to promote science and make it known in society and to stakeholders. In episode 22 of PhD Career Stories, Amanda returns for a tips & tricks-themed podcast. In this episode, we learn more on how we can start preparing for a career after a PhD already in graduate school.

You have only failed if you don’t keep trying.

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Episode #15 When writing about your research, mind your audience

Episode #15 When writing about your research, mind your audience


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johanna-havemann-900pxIn episode 15 of PhD Career Stories, Jo Havemann returns for a tips & tricks-themed podcast. In this episode, we learn more on why it is crucial to be aware of your audience when writing about your research. Continue reading “Episode #15 When writing about your research, mind your audience”

Episode #12: Tips and tricks on how to kick-start your career planning


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Sarah BlackfordIn episode 12, our last podcast during 2016, we proudly present Sarah Blackford as our special guest. Sarah is an academic career consultant with over 15 years’ experience of delivering career support to PhD students and early career researchers.

Qualified with a master’s degree in career guidance in Higher Education, Sarah is a member of the Career Development Institute and a founding member of the network Careers Advisers supporting Researchers in Europe (CARE).

She is the author of Career planning for research bioscientists and much of her advice and resources are available on her blog biosciencecareers.org. Continue reading “Episode #12: Tips and tricks on how to kick-start your career planning”

Episode #2: Tips and tricks on how to boost your online presence


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maria_sjogren_witThe second episode of our new podcast “PhD Career Stories” features Maria Sjögren, the researcher who left academia to become a change agent and digital evangelist. In this “tips & tricks”-themed episode, we learn more on how we can take control of our online presence and manage our digital reputation. Continue reading “Episode #2: Tips and tricks on how to boost your online presence”