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Communication and Influence – An Essential Transferable Skill (or is it skills?).

“The meaning of communication is the response you get” – Anthony Robbins. Growing up in a rural community in Ireland, our farm would, very occasionally, be visited by sales people, selling a variety of products literally out of the back of a car. Items included household decorations, clothes and many more. As a small child […]

There’s no I in team.

I’ve got a friend…. Hang on, before you click away in disbelief, I actually have several friends, but the one I have in mind did his PhD on the correct use of debriefing after teambuilding activities. He and I share a belief that teambuilding activities can add real value in a work-place, but the catch […]

Person-Job Fit: Some Questions

So the media appears to be full of stories about Donald J Trump these days, and how he has started in his new job. I find myself thinking, suppose this was another person in a more regular role (read less high profile – which is a majority of jobs I am sure you will agree). […]

Do we really get what we pay for?

Donald Trump and Brexit have both been capturing the headlines of late. In a democratic process the USA voted for Trump as President and the UK decided to leave the European Union. However, after the respective votes there appears to be much dissent about the outcomes of the vote. In career terms we sometimes take […]

Know your audience

So often I see PGRs in consultations who are struggling to make the step from application to interview or the step from interview to job. When we explore their application or approach to interviews I find that whilst they might be very bright and articulate people, their focus is entirely on their perspective. They have […]

If you don’t know where you’re going you’ll end up somewhere else

When I was growing up in a small farming community in the west of Ireland there weren’t many options for a teenager on a Saturday night. The nearest town was five miles away, and all too often a Saturday night meant a trip to its only night club, Cleo’s. One of those fine night venues […]

So it begins…

We are now at the start of the academic term, when students at different stages of academic endeavour begin another year. We are currently welcoming new PhD researchers to the beginning of their research degree journey. Whilst the focus of every new PhD candidate will be on the research ahead, I would like to take […]

Close your eyes and pull like a dog.

Now that the Olympics and Paralympics are all done, it appears that once again the four-yearly sports fest has produced a blend of the good, the bad and the ugly. The good has been the honest endeavour of so many athletes from around the globe. The bad and the ugly are not for comment within this […]

Autonomy in the Workplace

The life of a student, be it undergraduate or postgraduate, is often seen as one where the individual has significant autonomy in there day to day activities. However, when moving to the workplace there is often a need to adapt to organisational norms, which on occasion may make the individual feel like they have little […]

Work Life Balance

So, I am aware that the summer is nearly over and soon it will be the start of another University year. Seems reasonable to reflect on work-life balance. There is a whole area of Occupational research on work-life balance. Some people have built a portion of their academic career on it. However, the question remains, […]

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