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Fave Words from 2018

It's a fact I love words. Malarkey, shenanigans, willy-nilly, to mention but a few. This year I happened upon three Japanese words which I particularly liked and which made me think.  Especially as we don't have similar English words to describe what they describe.  Marvellous!

A Poem of Thanks

Each year I have a special theme; The main purpose of the year. 2018’s was to connect With people far and near. As I set off on my mission I didn’t know where it’d go. All I knew was reaching out Would help my community grow. I ‘met’ lots of really great people Online and... Continue Reading →

Tips for Avoiding Early Career Pitfalls

The early stage of your career is an exciting and transitional time because getting in the career zone is new, unknown territory.  Having less experience is to be expected; everyone's career has to start somewhere and no-one is born with a ready-made career. Being new to the career zone means people can sometimes inadvertently create... Continue Reading →

Disagreeing Productively

I've been pondering on the subject of disagreement.  We've done it throughout time; it's a fact of life.  So what's there to ponder about? To be more specific, I've been considering how disagreeing has changed with the evolution of the digital world, the expansion of social media and our apparently heightened focus on the fear... Continue Reading →

High Performing Technical Teams

Scientists and engineers, individually or as team members, are often expected to be chameleon-like. They may be solving problems one minute, being part of a cross-organisational project the next.  Working to their ‘home’ team rules in the morning, satisfying what matters to a client in the afternoon.  Being expected to act as an expert; mentoring... Continue Reading →

Networking for Career Success

It was my great pleasure to be part of SEPnet (South East Physics Network) and the Institute of Physics’ recent careers event.  The aim was to help physics doctoral students explore a snapshot of the amazing career opportunities awaiting them post PhD. Covering a spectrum of career paths, the impressive panel of professionals shared their... Continue Reading →

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