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A podcast about non-academic careers from the University of Exeter

    Episode 15 - Dr. Joanna Alfaro (Director of Pro Delphinus)

    Episode 15 - Dr. Joanna Alfaro (Director of Pro Delphinus)

    Welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast from the University of Exeter Doctoral College! The podcast about careers and all the opportunities available to you... beyond your research degree!  In this episode Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager talks Dr. Joanna Alfaro, a University of Exeter doctoral graduate who is now the Director of the Peruvian conservation organisation Pro Delphinus.
     
    Music from https://filmmusic.io ’Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses
     
    Podcast transcript
     
    100:00:10,880 --> 00:00:23,270Hello and welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast by the University of Exeter, Doctoral College
    200:00:23,270 --> 00:00:28,070Hello and welcome to the latest episode of Beyond Your Research Degree. I'm your host, Kelly Preece
    300:00:28,070 --> 00:00:32,150And for this episode, I'm delighted to be talking to Dr Joanna Alfaro,
    400:00:32,150 --> 00:00:38,090who is the president and director of the Peruvian conservation organisation Pro Delphinus
    500:00:38,090 --> 00:00:41,780So, Joanna. Are you happy to introduce yourself? Yeah.
    600:00:41,780 --> 00:00:45,770Well, my name is Joanna Alfaro and I am Peruvian.
    700:00:45,770 --> 00:00:57,290I work in Pro Delphinus and Universidad Científica del Sur. So in 2008 I joined in the programme for PhD
    800:00:57,290 --> 00:01:03,380My advisor was Brendan Godley and Annette Broderick at Exeter
    900:01:03,380 --> 00:01:16,670And I was. That's probably my favourite years as being back a student in the U.K., a dream that I was able to fulfil.
    1000:01:16,670 --> 00:01:25,460And for my the theme of my PhD was ecology and conservation of marine turtles.
    1100:01:25,460 --> 00:01:34,270And that was also great because it allowed me to to apply the knowledge and the
    1200:01:34,270 --> 00:01:41,080experience that I got to working with sea turtles in Peru towards my PhD.
    1300:01:41,080 --> 00:01:45,210It's brilliant. Thank you. And what are you doing now?
    1400:01:45,210 --> 00:01:56,700So when did you graduate? So the though after the PhD, the I was able to to be back at home and and keep working.
    1500:01:56,700 --> 00:02:04,710And what I love, which is marine conservation. So the projects we we have right now are focus.
    1600:02:04,710 --> 00:02:13,470It was a very interesting transition because we started our careers being a species oriented.
    1700:02:13,470 --> 00:02:21,330And by that I mean that I was I love dolphins and whales and sea turtles.
    1800:02:21,330 --> 00:02:25,110So that was my interest. But we learnt over time.
    1900:02:25,110 --> 00:02:34,880And and my PhD was a big lesson learnt that is not only about the animals that we were,
    2000:02:34,880 --> 00:02:42,360that we're when we're working with animals, we should also look at the people that is related to the animals.
    2100:02:42,360 --> 00:02:49,630So in my case, these people were fishermen. And mostly small-scale fishermen.
    2200:02:49,630 --> 00:02:59,020And so the the the current work we do now is trying to support fishermen, to keep fishing.
    2300:02:59,020 --> 00:03:09,520But in a more clean way, in a sustainable way, in a way that they can keep fishing for the for many,
    2400:03:09,520 --> 00:03:15,010many years to come, but also in a way that we are helping animals.
    2500:03:15,010 --> 00:03:23,300And in this case, it'll be the ones that we have this passion for the dolphins, the whales, the sea turtles.
    2600:03:23,300 --> 00:03:33,580So it's it's a very good combination to be able to to be in the middle between biodiversity
    2700:03:33,580 --> 00:03:43,600and economic activities as fisheries and also communities and engaging the main users,
    2800:03:43,600 --> 00:03:54,900which are fishermen. That's great and really interesting how, like you say, that you've moved from thinking about particular species to.
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    Episode 14 - Dr, Heather Hind and Dr. Philippa Earle (Digital Learning Developers at the University of Exeter)

    Episode 14 - Dr, Heather Hind and Dr. Philippa Earle (Digital Learning Developers at the University of Exeter)

    Welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast from the University of Exeter Doctoral College! The podcast about careers and all the opportunities available to you... beyond your research degree!  In this episode Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager talks Dr. Heather Hind and Dr. Philippa Earle, who are doctoral graduates from English currently work as Digital Learning Developers in the College of Medicine and Health at the University of Exeter. 
     
    Music from https://filmmusic.io ’Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses
     
    Podcast transcript
     
    100:00:10,890 --> 00:00:23,400Hello and welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast by the University of Exeter Doctoral College
    200:00:23,400 --> 00:00:28,320Hello, and a warm welcome to another episode of Beyond Your Research Degree.
    300:00:28,320 --> 00:00:31,560I'm Kelly Preece, the research development manager in the Doctoral College,
    400:00:31,560 --> 00:00:38,670and I'm continuing episodes on the theme of getting jobs and moving forward with your career.
    500:00:38,670 --> 00:00:44,190During COVID 19, by talking to actually in this episode, two of our doctoral graduates.
    600:00:44,190 --> 00:00:50,880So Dr Philippa Earle and Dr Heather Huind both of whom did their PhDs in English but are now working in professional
    700:00:50,880 --> 00:00:58,320services roles at the University of Exeter in roles that were created in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.
    800:00:58,320 --> 00:01:02,880So Heather and Philippa, are you happy to introduce yourselves? I'm Dr Heather Hind
    900:01:02,880 --> 00:01:10,860I did my PhD in English literature, specifically Victorian literature and things that the Victorians made out of human hair.
    1000:01:10,860 --> 00:01:20,610And I finished in while I handed in in March 2020, just before the first lockdown's started and had my viva last year.
    1100:01:20,610 --> 00:01:26,970And since then, I've been working for the university as a digital learning developer for the College of Medicine and Health.
    1200:01:26,970 --> 00:01:34,090So I'm Dr Philippa Earle I finished my PhD at Exeter in.
    1300:01:34,090 --> 00:01:41,350Summer of 2018. It seems a long time ago now. And my thesis was on John Milton.
    1400:01:41,350 --> 00:01:47,800And I'm really interested in his material philosophy, which is commonly called monism.
    1500:01:47,800 --> 00:01:52,600And so I've kind of been floating around since then, doing various things.
    1600:01:52,600 --> 00:01:58,590I'd really like to get into academia. I really enjoy teaching.
    1700:01:58,590 --> 00:02:04,650I have done some casual teaching since then to different roles at different universities,
    1800:02:04,650 --> 00:02:10,680and I then came into doing this digital learning development role kind of last September.
    1900:02:10,680 --> 00:02:17,100So I was kind of last minute recruits and it kind of slotted in working with Heather.
    2000:02:17,100 --> 00:02:22,560That's fabulous. Like you say, probably it's useful just to start with, kind of back it up, back a little bit.
    2100:02:22,560 --> 00:02:30,110What a digital learning developer is. And I think particularly as well how these roles have.
    2200:02:30,110 --> 00:02:35,670It evolved because of the situation with the current pandemic.
    2300:02:35,670 --> 00:02:41,730And so when they were first advertised, I think I applied last June,
    2400:02:41,730 --> 00:02:47,320I think I started my application the week before my viva, and then I had the interview the week after my viva.
    2500:02:47,320 --> 00:02:54,390Wow. Yes, it was the time. It was honestly really fortuitous for me as it worked out.
    2600:02:54,390 --> 00:03:02,610But they were advertised as roles to support the shift to online teaching during the pandemic.
    2700:03:02,610 --> 00:03:04,650And to think what the job description said.
    2800:03:

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    Episode 13 - Charlotte Chivers, Research Assistant, University of Gloucestershire

    Episode 13 - Charlotte Chivers, Research Assistant, University of Gloucestershire

    Welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast from the University of Exeter Doctoral College! The podcast about careers and all the opportunities available to you... beyond your research degree!  In this episode Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager talks to Charlotte Chivers, who secured a Research Assistant post at the University of Gloucestershire during COVID-19. Charlotte has started her role at the University of Gloucestershire whilst finishing writing up her PhD.
     
    Music from https://filmmusic.io ’Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses
     
    Podcast transcript
     
    100:00:10,000 --> 00:00:23,000Hello and welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast by the University of Exeter, Doctoral College
    200:00:23,000 --> 00:00:31,000Hello and welcome to beyond your research degree. It's Kelly Preece here, and I'm really excited to be bringing you the second in a special series that
    300:00:31,000 --> 00:00:38,000we're doing for Beyond Your Research Degree about securing jobs during Covid 19.
    400:00:38,000 --> 00:00:43,000So last time I talked to Tomir about securing a job with an NGO.
    500:00:43,000 --> 00:00:48,000And today I'm gonna be talking to Charlotte Chivers in a very similar position to Timur,
    600:00:48,000 --> 00:00:55,000writing up herPhD and starting a new job, but this time as a postdoctoral research associate.
    700:00:55,000 --> 00:00:59,000So we normally on Beyond your Research degree, we focus on non-academic careers.
    800:00:59,000 --> 00:01:03,000But given the real challenges our PGRs are facing at the moment,
    900:01:03,000 --> 00:01:10,000it seemed really pertinent to talk about securing academic and research jobs as well.
    1000:01:10,000 --> 00:01:20,000Yeah, hi. So I'm Charlotte Chivers and I have been doing my PhD at the University of Exeter since twenty seventeen.
    1100:01:20,000 --> 00:01:26,000My research is within the Centre for Rural Policy Research.
    1200:01:26,000 --> 00:01:37,000So it's a social science. PhD and I have been exploring the efficacy of agriculture advice surrounding diffused water pollution.
    1300:01:37,000 --> 00:01:47,000So I have now finished a draft of my entire thesis and congratulations.
    1400:01:47,000 --> 00:01:52,000And I'm making revisions based on my supervisor's comments at this stage.
    1500:01:52,000 --> 00:02:00,000However, back in September, I started a research position at the University of Gloucestershire.
    1600:02:00,000 --> 00:02:05,000So I now work in the Countryside and Community Research Institute.
    1700:02:05,000 --> 00:02:12,000So I've been juggling, working full time and finishing off my PhD.
    1800:02:12,000 --> 00:02:18,000And again, I'm working in social science, but mostly looking at environmental stuff.
    1900:02:18,000 --> 00:02:25,000So I now work on two big EU projects. One is called Soil Care, which it's soil health in agriculture.
    2000:02:25,000 --> 00:02:32,000And the other is called Spint and we are looking at pesticides in agriculture.
    2100:02:32,000 --> 00:02:38,000That's brilliant. Thank you. So there's a number of lots of different things to pick up on within that.
    2200:02:38,000 --> 00:02:43,000But I think so firstly. So if we can go back to September last year. So was it September you started the job?
    2300:02:43,000 --> 00:02:48,000Yes. I started in September. So when when did you when did you apply?
    2400:02:48,000 --> 00:02:55,000What were the sort of timescales? So I applied in June last year.
    2500:02:55,000 --> 00:03:07,000OK, yeah. So. So I wasn't. Sorry. No i was just going to say so this is so all of the application process, everything, it's all happened during COVID.
    2600:03:07,000 --> 00:03:12,000Yes. Yes. OK. So I.
    2700:03:12,000 --> 00:03:15,000Let's start at the beginning of that process that I'm thinking about, how it might have been affected by it.
    2800:03

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    Episode 12 - Timur Jack-Kadıoğlu, Technical Officer - Conservation, Livelihoods & Governance at Fauna & Flora International

    Episode 12 - Timur Jack-Kadıoğlu, Technical Officer - Conservation, Livelihoods & Governance at Fauna & Flora International

    Welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast from the University of Exeter Doctoral College! The podcast about non-academic careers and all the opportunities available to you... beyond your research degree!  In this episode Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager talks to Timur Jack-Kadıoğlu, who secured a job as Technical Officer - Conservation, Livelihoods & Governance at Fauna & Flora International during COVID-19. Timur had started his role at Fauna & Flora International whilst finishing writing up his PhD.
     
    Music from https://filmmusic.io ’Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses
     
    Podcast transcript
     
    100:00:10,890 --> 00:00:23,550Hello and welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast by the University of Exeter, Doctoral College
    200:00:23,550 --> 00:00:28,410Hello and welcome to the latest episode of the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast.
    300:00:28,410 --> 00:00:32,160Now, we know that there's a lot of anxiety at the moment about what it means to secure
    400:00:32,160 --> 00:00:37,560a job and specifically a non-academic job during the COVID 19 pandemic.
    500:00:37,560 --> 00:00:45,430Everything has been turned upside down. The experiences we get, how we do our research and how we apply for jobs.
    600:00:45,430 --> 00:00:51,000So to answer that, we are talking to some of our researchers who have got new jobs during the
    700:00:51,000 --> 00:00:56,250COVID 19 pandemic and talk to them about how they found those roles.
    800:00:56,250 --> 00:01:03,240The process of applying and in some cases, what it's like to start a new job during a global pandemic.
    900:01:03,240 --> 00:01:10,200So without further ado, here's the first in our series of podcasts on Moving Beyond Your Research Degree and a global pandemic.
    1000:01:10,200 --> 00:01:14,820Timur are you happy to introduce yourself? I sure am.
    1100:01:14,820 --> 00:01:25,710My name's Timur Jack-Kadioglu I started my PhD with University of Exeter would have been February 2018
    1200:01:25,710 --> 00:01:29,730I'm based with the European Centre for Environment and Human Health.
    1300:01:29,730 --> 00:01:32,080Down in Cornwall.
    1400:01:32,080 --> 00:01:40,670My PhD is working on a project called Blue Communities and it's a interdisciplinary programme that involves various departments.
    1500:01:40,670 --> 00:01:45,930at Exeter While also working with other academic institutions in the UK,
    1600:01:45,930 --> 00:01:54,540some NGOs and also academic partners in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam.
    1700:01:54,540 --> 00:01:59,060I guess so I would identify as a Marine. Social scientists.
    1800:01:59,060 --> 00:02:05,100My work is about the marine environment. But focussing on the social science aspects.
    1900:02:05,100 --> 00:02:12,290And for my PhD. I spent time in the Philippines on the island of Palawan.
    2000:02:12,290 --> 00:02:19,610My research was kind of looking at the relationships between livelihoods and governance.
    2100:02:19,610 --> 00:02:25,460And especially looking at power relations and power dynamics and looking at trade offs and equity.
    2200:02:25,460 --> 00:02:33,710Who the winners and losers are, so to speak, in terms of coastal development and conservation processes.
    2300:02:33,710 --> 00:02:41,360Wow. Yeah. So what we're going to talk about today is actually securing a non-academic job,
    2400:02:41,360 --> 00:02:48,550but particularly securing a non-academic job during the time of COVID 19.
    2500:02:48,550 --> 00:02:56,030And the additional challenges that bring say. Could you tell us a little bit about the job you're going on to?
    2600:02:56,030 --> 00:03:02,380Sure. So I started a job in November of twenty twenty.
    2700:03:02,380 --> 00:03:08,890So I originally I still have have time in my PhD and I'm still writing up my PhD,
    2800:03:08,890 --> 00:03:14,

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    Episode 11 - Dr. Hannah Roberts, Career Coach for Women in Science

    Episode 11 - Dr. Hannah Roberts, Career Coach for Women in Science

    Welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast from the University of Exeter Doctoral College! The podcast about non-academic careers and all the opportunities available to you... beyond your research degree!  In this episode Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager talks to Dr. Hannah Roberts, who works as a career coach with women in science.
     
    Music from https://filmmusic.io ’Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses

    • 42 min
    Episode 10 - Dr. Natalie Garrett, Private Secretary to the Chief Scientist at the Met Office

    Episode 10 - Dr. Natalie Garrett, Private Secretary to the Chief Scientist at the Met Office

    Welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast from the University of Exeter Doctoral College! The podcast about non-academic careers and all the opportunities available to you... beyond your research degree!  In this episode Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager talks to Dr. Natalie Garrett, Private Secretary to the Chief Scientist at the Met Office. You can find out more about Natalie on the Met Office website, and the British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships.
     
    Music from https://filmmusic.io ’Cheery Monday’ by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses

    • 36 min

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