Posts Tagged advice

You’re Hired! Now What?

To all those who graduated, or are very close – be aware that buyers remorse isn’t exclusive to material items… It exists in the world of hiring management too!  You finally land a job – start it off right by maintaining the first impression you worked so hard to set.

According to a post by David Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

  1. Be thankful you got the job and don’t drop off the face of the planet once you get the green light.
  2. Respond to “Welcome Emails” from colleagues – you need their support and they need our support.
  3. Don’t compare the old to the new – no one wants to hear it!
  4. You still have to prepare – it is obvious when you don’t.  Teaching Chem 101 won’t be exactly the same.

Congratulations! You have a job!  Now, remember that first impression got you the job will help you keep it!

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Center for the Integration for Research, Teaching and Learning – ONLINE COFFEE HOUR!

Developing a work-life balance for sustaining a productive career and your sanity.

Brew of cup of java and attend the CIRTL online coffee hour on Feb. 27th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (register and attend through the link above).  You’ll need headphones and a mic if you would like to share – or just log on and listen to the chat if you want to know more about the subject but aren’t ready to contribute.   This session will be hosted by Rique Campa, Professor of Ecology  and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Michigan State.  Dr. Campa will also be blogging daily (and has been doing so since Feb. 11) on this topic, including how he organizes his day and why he does it.

Coffee hours are held regularly so check back on the site to see upcoming topics.

HEADS UP! Attending these online coffee hours are part of a certification program for STEM Ph.D.’s here at UTA called ON-TRAC.  There are currently three levels of achievement and because this program is teaching focused – it is a GREAT resume builder.  Interested?  Get more info at an ON-TRAC informational meeting on March 6th at noon.  Email for details.

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Getting Through the Dissertation Doldrums

No!  Not the “D” word!!!!  As a graduate student, it is easy to get into the grind, keeping your nose to the book (or eye to the microscope), especially with a dissertation looming eerily overhead.  Ooooooo, Ahhhhhhh, Eeeeeeee!  How appropriate with Halloween approaching. 

UT Arlington is where you spend the majority of your time and energy.  Everyday, the same people and places – also the same resources.  Advice from these familiar locations begins to blur together in a sea of blue and orange jibber jabber.

  • A great way to regain strength is to get a new perspective. 
  • A new perspective requires new information. 
  • New (and reliable) information is available online; yes, you CAN stay in your mad scientist cave and still get a new perspective, so no excuses! (Upon reflection, disorienting fevers above 101 degrees and no less than two broken arms, preventing the use of a mouse will be allowed.) 

One great place to start is at UT Austin’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium and List serve.  While every aspect of the site may not be available to you – some fresh advice from Professors in your discipline IS available to you.  Tips from Faculty along with sample proposals from students at a different university are at your fingertips.  I’m not sending you elsewhere for kicks and giggles (is kicks the right word?). This info can give you a new perspective.  It can also help you get an idea of the performance standard in your area of expertise across institutions.  

More knowledge = Less anxiety = not avoiding your dissertation = you graduating! 


Still afraid of the “D” word?  

…….Well, now I have to assume you mean the DARK! And that’s a totally realistic fear, so who am I to judge?  Maybe after you visit the web page I suggested you can leave your computer screen on as a night light.


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The Professor Gets Serious on Ph.D Planning

I recently discovered a new blog entitled, “The Professor is In.”  My advice – read it.  But…make sure you’re sitting down when you start to read. 

Firstly, The Professor is realistic.  Secondly,  The Professor is pretty much all-knowing when it comes to things Ph.D. and academia oriented  (including the part where you graduate and get a job).  Please note that I realize it isn’t an easy task to achieve your biggest and bravest goals, but neither is writing a dissertation or finding a cure for cancer.  Plus, you’re probably used to feeling over-stressed, overhwhelmed, and anxiety ridden at this point, so it is with great pleasure (in a helpful, but slightly evil sort of way) that I introduce you to The Professor.

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Grad Fest 2012 – Wed. Oct 17th in the UC

Grad Fest is here!  Join us for food, fun, and… FEST!

12:00pm to 1:30 pm:  Expectations, Opportunities, and Tips for Success Panel – San Saba Room.  Get first hand, time-tested tips and tricks from UTA alumni and experienced graduate students.  If you are unable to get to campus, this event is also being streamed online.  Check the Grad Fest webpage for details.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Graduate Student and Faculty Mixer – Rio Grande B.  Mix and mingle with other grad students, hopeful undergrads, faculty, and staff.

Hope to see you there!

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