The Lonesome Postdoc – Part VI: Is working remotely really that great?

As a postdoc/grad student/ECR, have you ever wished that you could work from home on a regular basis? You have probably done this a few times, or perhaps you do it a couple of days a week. Do you find you get more done? It seems great, right? Many non-academic businesses are openly embracing the work-from-home or work-remotely ideology because with today’s technology it is often pretty easy to do so. There’s teleconferencing, VPN connections,…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part V: The importance of friends

It was back to the usual ‘new move’ routine – try to make friends, try to find collaborators, try to find funding sources, try to understand the system. It was hard coming back. Things had changed. I had changed. Going overseas and learning how other systems work leads you to make comparisons, identifying aspects that you feel are better or worse, and hoping to make changes based on these observations. Below are some of the…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part IV: Uprooting (again)

That familiar twinge of excitement that comes with the prospect of starting a new position in a new institution was back! This time I was prepared, and I was a local so the process was far easier for me and probably much easier on my spouse! We got his 457 visa organised (roughly $1,000, although now being phased out and replaced with a Temporary Skill Shortage visa) and paid for a year of private health insurance…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part IV: Uprooting (again)

That familiar twinge of excitement that comes with the prospect of starting a new position in a new institution was back! This time I was prepared, and I was a local so the process was far easier for me and probably much easier on my spouse! We got his 457 visa organised (roughly $1,000, although now being phased out and replaced with a Temporary Skill Shortage visa) and paid for a year of private health insurance…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part IV: Uprooting (again)

That familiar twinge of excitement that comes with the prospect of starting a new position in a new institution was back! This time I was prepared, and I was a local so the process was far easier for me and probably much easier on my spouse! We got his 457 visa organised (roughly $1,000, although now being phased out and replaced with a Temporary Skill Shortage visa) and paid for a year of private health insurance…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part III: Putting down roots

After a few months of living in your new home you get comfortable and develop a routine. You buy all those necessary little items, and then you start to buy non-essential items. Some people show more restraint in this area than others, some people really do stick by the “you only live once” (or YOLO for all the young kids) motto and splurge more often. In the first 6 months I lived by the “is…

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The Lonesome Postdoc – Part II: Living like a local… or trying to

People complain about moving all the time. It’s stressful, it’s inconvenient, it can be expensive. Usually, these people are moving a few suburbs away, or perhaps the next state/province over. I know I will sound arrogant here, but once you have done an international move (some good tips here), then you can legitimately complain loudly about all of the above. There are so many things that you don’t know about when moving internationally. Even the…

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