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Welcome to the Journey

Why are you here?

  • You’re a researcher?
  • You’re feeling confused or frustrated with the research journey so far, or this particular stage of the journey?
  • You’d like some ideas about surviving in health research, or just want to know that you’re not on your own?

Who are we?
We had the good fortune of being thrown together in an office having both recently completed our PhDs.

Lynsey walked out of the school gates into the psychology section of the university library. She often feels like she’s trying to fit eight days’ of activities into a seven day week, balancing researching, teaching, conferencing, paper writing, netballing, dog walking, socialising, Nutella eating, shoe shopping, list writing and sometimes even sleeping. Lynsey loves the opportunity to be involved but has some lessons to learn in prioritising and saying no.

Jodie followed a path from university drop out, uni-bar hopping, backpacking OS travel, plus a couple of beloved ‘career interruptions’. Jodie thrives on the generation of ideas, big-picture thinking, and the struggle for work-life balance that comes with having two young children. Whilst loving research Jodie also has several manuscripts in various stages that make her sad, mad or glad depending on what day it is.

The paths were different but post-PhDs the workplace was new, the work completely removed from our disciplinary backgrounds. We had to find a way through.

Researchers – different ages, different roads, same start, same current space.

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Why have we started a blog?
In our office around 3.30 on at least one day of the working week we have philosophical conversations about where the bloody hell are we, how we got here, and most importantly what happens next; about feeling confused, uncertain and at times isolated, and not feeling confident about knowing what we should focus our energy on.

Our email inboxes are constantly bombarded with messages about grant writing, professional development opportunities and increasing pressure to publish but how do we know where to start, what to say yes to and when to just say no.

So… instead of eating yet another packet of peanut M&Ms, we thought we’d write a blog.

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What is this blog about?

We have found some useful tools, tips and resources along the way, things that have made our lives easier, or that we wished we’d known about when we started, and we wanted a space to be able to share them, and where other people could share their brilliant finds and ideas.

We have also had some useful and heartfelt conversations and wanted a place to extend these chats to others about issues facing health researchers (especially early career), questions that we often discuss over chicken nachos at Friday lunch and wonder if other people are asking the same things.