In today's episode, we start off with a general update on what we are currently working on, what is going well, and what is not going well. We go into some side tangents on differences in supervision (and writing) of MSc students and PhD candidates, as well as which student writing requires most cognitive effort. We also discuss how we concentrate (or not) when difficult events such as the death of a loved one or the war in Ukraine consumer our headspace.
Then, we delve into three listener questions that we received. The first question is about how to become the editor or member of the editorial board of a journal. We discuss three ways in which you can approach this.
The second question is about academic and non-academic jobs after the PhD. We look at the perspective of life circumstances, as well as how the difference between these jobs in engineering is rather limited. We also learn from Sarah about her choice to return to academia.
The third question asked for our best tips for productive academic writing. We address this question both from the perspective of a doctoral candidate who may struggle with the writing process as well as a faculty member who may struggle with finding time for writing.