The Career Sessions podcast aims to get to the crux of careers, from those people who are already in them. This informative, yet friendly and fun discussion asks successful Australians to reflect on their path to their current role, and to report back on the valuable lessons they have learned through work and study and how much of an influence their study has had on their current role. The Career Sessions is the brainchild of friends and colleagues, Dr Stephanie Champion and Dr Tamara Agnew who first met at Flinders University in Adelaide.
Professor John Coveney
In this Session, Professor John Coveney joins Steph and Tamara to talk about the variety of his day, his journey from a printing apprenticeship in London to Professor of Food, Culture and Health at Flinders University, in Adelaide, and he shares with listeners a brief but ancient history of guilt, pleasure and food in moderation, and turning his PhD into a book that is now in its second edition.Co-host and producer: Dr Tamara AgnewCo-host: Dr Stephanie ChampionJoin us on Twitter: @CareerSessionsJoin us on Instagram: @CareerSessionsVisit our website: www.careersessions.com Podcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth AdelaideProudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia
Doctor Susan Close
In this Session, Dr Susan Close talks to us about how taking exception to her supervisors published work led to her own PhD research project (and having him as her supervisor!), why she chose not to use title Doctor for a long time in her early political career, and what made her decide to use it later on, and some very valuable advice for all students who are making decisions about their future.
Professor Kate Douglas
“Teaching is the thing that brings me most joy in my job. Don't get me wrong, I love research, and while teaching has many challenges, somehow I still come out of it feeling happy. Young people today, you know, there is a lot going on and I think it is just a really interesting thing to observe.”In this Session, we talk to Professor Kate Douglas about why she probably would not do the same research question now that she is a parent, about how unique PhDs contribute to whole systems of knowledge, and about the raft of valuable skills you gain whilst undertaking a PhD, such as project management, critical thinking, and how to accept feedback for what it is.What is the title of your PhD: "Contesting Childhood: Auto/biography, Memory and Trauma"Where did you complete your PhD (College/faculty/school, university): School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of QueenslandWhat year did you graduate: 2003What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: Bachelor of Social Work; Bachelor of Arts (Hons)Any honours or masters: First class Hons (English)What is your job title, today: Professor of Englishhttps://www.flinders.edu.au/people/kate.douglas Guest: Professor Kate DouglasProducer: Dr Tamara AgnewCo-hosts: Dr Stephanie Champion & Dr Tamara AgnewJoin us on Twitter: @CareerSessionsJoin us on Instagram: @CareerSessionsVisit our website: www.careersessions.comPodcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth AdelaideProudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia https://inspiringsa.org.au
Dr Cameron Shearer
“To me, the life of a PhD student is repetitive frustrating, challenging, and rewarding. I think I need to add a caveat on the rewarding part in that it’s unfair that effort in doesn’t always mean reward out. It’s rewarding, but not when you expect it, or you can’t expect it to be rewarding. It has to be rewarding in its own way. …. Things that are difficult, when you finish them, its more rewarding when they were difficult. If something is easy, there’s no real feeling of reward there”.If you don’t know what a carbon nanotube is, well, Dr Cameron Shearer has got you covered. In this Session, he explains to Steph and Tamara how he wanted to use the technology to create a water particle filter, what happened next, and how he felt 2.5 years into his PhD; about writing conference presentations to a very short deadline; and he talks about his opportunity to go on the children’s television science show, “Scope” to talk about his research. What is the title of your PhD: Fabrication and applications of carbon nanotube/ silicon nanostructuresWhere did you complete your PhD: Flinders UniversityWhat year did you graduate: 2012What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: Bachelor of Science in NanotechnologyAny honours or masters: 1 year Honours (research in Nanotechnology). 2007What is your job title, today: Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry at University of Adelaide**Cameron has changed roles since we recorded the podcast, and this is where you will find him these days…*Professional Profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/cameron.shearerLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cameron-shearer-06625895 Guest: Dr Cameron ShearerProducer: Dr Tamara AgnewCo-hosts: Dr Stephanie Champion & Dr Tamara AgnewJoin us on Twitter: @CareerSessionsJoin us on Instagram: @CareerSessionsVisit our website: www.careersessions.comPodcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth AdelaideProudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia https://inspiringsa.org.au/
Dr Mark Krstic
“There are a lot of PhDs out there. Sometimes it's nice to use the Doctor title or the Professor title or whatever you might have, but I think that is the myth that I wanted to dispel, that once your PhD is finished, there is still a lot of hard work ahead of you and it doesn't finish. You know if you really want to succeed, it's hard work… I am sorry to dispel that myth”.In this session Mark talks to us about his journey from pines to vines in the field of agricultural science. He tells us how a very early visit to the Dean of Agriculture at UTAS helped cement his choices through school, how a little memory he had of a great Aunt spurred him on in his education journey, how a community *allegedly* benefited from his two-year old pine sample at Christmas time, and what he looks for as an employer, beyond just the attainment of a PhD.What is the title of your PhD: Anatomical and physiological factors affecting adventitious root formation in Pinus radiata (D.Don) cuttingsWhere did you complete your PhD: University of TasmaniaWhat year did you graduate: 1997What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), University of Tasmania (1993)Any honours or masters: Master of Business Administration, The University of Queensland (2008)What is your job title, today: Managing Director – The Australian wine Research Institute www.awri.com.au LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-krstic-9bb8668/ Guest: Dr Mark KrsticProducer: Dr Tamara AgnewCo-hosts: Dr Stephanie Champion & Dr Tamara AgnewJoin us on Twitter: @CareerSessionsJoin us on Instagram: @CareerSessionsVisit our website: www.careersessions.com Podcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth AdelaideProudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia https://inspiringsa.org.au/
Dr Andy Stapleton
"I think I've always been attracted to learning. I think that's one thing I have learned about myself is that I just enjoy learning and I think, if you stop learning, that is the end of growth. Even if you are stationary because of what you know, you are going backwards because the world is progressing. You have got to at least learn enough to keep up. And so, I think I would always be learning. I don’t know what that would be. I don’t know if science necessarily would attract me back to it, that was my only thing. But I certainly feel like science or music? Those were the two things. So, if I didn't do science, I reckon I'd be a happy but struggling musician...."In this Career Session, Dr Andy Stapleton talks to us about why he decided to undertake his PhD in Australia (hint, it was much easier than applying for any other visas); why it took so long for him to quit academia and set up as his own boss; and the importance of science communicating, and how universities can do better at promoting the research going on in their institutions. What is the title of your PhD: Nanoparticle Based Organic Photovoltaic DevicesWhere did you complete your PhD: Newcastle University, NSWWhat year did you graduate: 2011What undergraduate degree/s have you completed: MChemWhat is your job title, today: Founder of verbalize.science LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-j-stapleton/TedXFlinders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXj8qHxS0A0 Guest: Dr Andrew StapletonProducer: Dr Tamara AgnewCo-hosts: Dr Stephanie Champion & Dr Tamara AgnewJoin us on Twitter: @CareerSessionsJoin us on Instagram: @CareerSessionsVisit our website: www.careersessions.com Podcasting studio, session photography and all editing by: PodBooth AdelaideProudly sponsored by Inspiring South Australia
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This is a fascinating podcast, full of valuable, targeted insights. A real deep dive into journeys and pathways that will benefit many.
This podcast has so many thought provoking topics. Thanks so much!
This show’s great! It offers real incites that you just don’t get in other formats. Well done, Career Sessions!