- Self-Reflection: A new blog series on Careers and Leadership from the Plantae Team
- Preparing an impressive CV: The DO’s and DONT’s of it
- The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 1 introduction
- The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 2 Isolation busting
- The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 3 Hitting the ground running - but not too fast!
- The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 4 Building a team
- The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 5 The importance of mentoring
- The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 6 Academic Imposter Syndrome
- The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 7 Don't forget - IT IS EXCITING!
- New PI: Welcome to Committee Work
- Science Blog: Reflection of Yourself
- Developing a database for your lab rules and protocols
- Preparing for and Surviving Academic Interviews
- Eight things that you should consider for securing the dream academic job
- Develop your own niche to be seen in the field
- Negotiation skills: Sell yourself correctly
- Self Reflection- Personal Branding
- Self Reflection - Outreach Skills
- It takes a community to mentor a scientist
- Balancing professional and personal life
- Alternate careers after PhD
The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 2 Isolation busting
Part of the "Self Reflection" series by and for early-career researchers
Part 2: Isolation Busting
by Amanda Rasmussen
“I was told to expect the isolation, but it's still difficult to move from a big, functioning lab with lots of people to being on your own.” –Erin
Personally I was used to working independently having come through two fellowships but for me the isolation came from being an outsider – both culturally and scientifically. I didn’t fit in and that made me feel incredibly isolated. On advice from a collaborator and my mentor, I requested a move to a different division within the school (and with it a change in building). This was the best decision I ever made. I’m now in a supportive environment with people who respect the fact that I’m different.
Like Erin, Kaisa and Tom, I make regular meetings with mentors (which could be officially allocated, other academics, or peers). Erin and I have monthly skype meetings which we both value immensely and I have bi-weekly meetings with a collaborator/friend/mentor in a different faculty who can provide support and honest feedback. This is in addition to regular contact with the people in my new division who have diverse expertise and administrative knowledge (urgh admin!).
Isolation busting action points: 1) book one meeting every week with someone to chat to for an hour over coffee or lunch. This could be a peer, a collaborator, a mentor (or a different person every week). 2) If you find that you don’t interact with people in your department but you do with people in a different department, discuss options for moving.