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.
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Hello and welcome to the Beyond Your Research Degree podcast by the University of Exeter, Doctoral College
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Hello 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
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we're doing for Beyond Your Research Degree about securing jobs during Covid 19.
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So last time I talked to Tomir about securing a job with an NGO.
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And today I'm gonna be talking to Charlotte Chivers in a very similar position to Timur,
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writing up herPhD and starting a new job, but this time as a postdoctoral research associate.
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So we normally on Beyond your Research degree, we focus on non-academic careers.
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But given the real challenges our PGRs are facing at the moment,
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it seemed really pertinent to talk about securing academic and research jobs as well.
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Yeah, hi. So I'm Charlotte Chivers and I have been doing my PhD at the University of Exeter since twenty seventeen.
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My research is within the Centre for Rural Policy Research.
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So it's a social science. PhD and I have been exploring the efficacy of agriculture advice surrounding diffused water pollution.
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So I have now finished a draft of my entire thesis and congratulations.
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And I'm making revisions based on my supervisor's comments at this stage.
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However, back in September, I started a research position at the University of Gloucestershire.
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So I now work in the Countryside and Community Research Institute.
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So I've been juggling, working full time and finishing off my PhD.
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And again, I'm working in social science, but mostly looking at environmental stuff.
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So I now work on two big EU projects. One is called Soil Care, which it's soil health in agriculture.
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And the other is called Spint and we are looking at pesticides in agriculture.
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That's brilliant. Thank you. So there's a number of lots of different things to pick up on within that.
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But I think so firstly. So if we can go back to September last year. So was it September you started the job?
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Yes. I started in September. So when when did you when did you apply?
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What were the sort of timescales? So I applied in June last year.
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OK, 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.
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Yes. Yes. OK. So I.
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