How to find the right mentor for you

By Claudia Bonfio, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

I always thought that being a Postdoc was going to be better and easier than being a PhD student. And this was my feeling when I enthusiastically packed my life in a suitcase and moved to Cambridge from Italy, ready for my new postdoctoral adventure. My dream was then to become a group leader in a top university. It took me about 2 weeks in my new Postdoc life to understand that I was completely wrong. It was not better or easier. I felt completely lost, with no clues about what my future in research would be.

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The best laid plans…10 top tips for planning a conference as a PhD student!

By Meg Booth, University of Cambridge

At the start of my PhD I decided to seek out some careers advice. I was told that many PhD students spend 100% of their time in the lab and neglect their all-important CVs. For jobs both in and out of academia, having a couple of stand out points on your CV is as important as the PhD itself. During my undergraduate degree I worked part time doing event promotions for a national radio station and the University of Liverpool. Therefore, the logical decision was to organise an event for other PhD students!

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One size doesn’t fit all – 5 things I learned from quitting my PhD

By Matthew Sinton, University of Edinburgh

I remember the moment that the email dropped into my inbox. It was the 29th of February, at 5.05pm, and I had given up hope of hearing about my PhD application that day. I opened the email with trepidation, excitement, and dread. I had poured so much energy into preparing my PhD application that a lot was wrapped up in this.

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7 pieces of advice for future PhD students aka my past self

By Lisa Stinson, University of Western Australia

They say that when you give someone advice, you’re really talking to your past self.  As I’m nearing the end of my PhD journey, I find that I’m a completely different person to the girl who signed on for what she thought would be a breezy three years of research.

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