Today we’d like to further introduce one of our keynote speakers at National PhD Day 2016:
Dr. Martijn Kleppe works at the Research Department of the National Library of the Netherlands. After writing his dissertation on Iconic Photographs (Canonieke Icoonfoto’s, 2013) he worked as postdoctorate researcher on several Digital Humanities project at the Erasmus University Rotterdam that focussed on opening up and linking (audio) visual collections: Together with 12 partners he worked on the FP7-project AXES-Access to Audiovisual Archives and he supervised the projects PoliMedia, Talk of Europe and Mijn Icoonfoto’s. Before moving to the National Library of the Netherlands he worked at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on the project ‘The New News Consumer’ and was researcher in residence at the KB. Since February 2016 he moved to the National Library of the Netherlands to work on several Digital Humanities projects.
Martijn, what was the best advice ever given to you?
Share your doubts. When I attended a research seminar in the first year of my PhD, one of my academic heroes presented a new research project for the first time. While he was always very confident about his work, he started his presentation by saying: ‘This is new and I know there are people in the room who know way more about this topic than I do. However, I need your advice but especially your critique. This is the only way for me to get forward.’ Though my hero was already in a comfortable position, I admired the vulnerable stance he took.
How did you take charge of your career?
By realizing my fascination is in charge of my career. Not my current contract, project or supervisor.
In several projects I collaborated with both academic as well as non-academic partners. To get to know these non-academic partners I gave myself some time to understand why they participated in these projects. I visited them, worked at their premises and drank loads of coffee during 1 on 1 meetings with people I was interested in. Along the way I realized I liked the scientific side of these projects but got more and more curious on how to implement our academic research results. At that point I (finally) was in a relatively stable position, contract-wise, and worked on a NWO-funded project that was only halfway. Then I got the opportunity to take up a temporarily job at one of the partners I worked with before and admired most for their ambitions to incorporate academic research results in their core activities. What should I do? Loose my (almost fixed) contract and let me colleagues down by leaving a project that was only halfway? Or take up a temporarily contract in a world I did not know? Most of my academic colleagues thought I was completely out of my mind when I shared my possible job move with them: What? Are you willing to quite your job now you finally have a good position? But most of them said: Your boss and institute will not be happy when you will not finish the project and quit your contract. This was exactly the reason I was hesitant as well: these people worked so hard to get me a contract and now I am leaving them. Shouldn’t I be more loyal to them? It took me a while to realize I shouldn’t be: there will be plenty of colleagues who can take over my tasks while it will take some time before I will get another chance to follow my fascination. Let’s take that chance. I am in charge of my career. Nobody else.
Registration for National PhD Day 2016 is officially closed! Thank you all for registering and we’ll see you on the 29th of October!
National PhD Day 2016 will be kicked off by our PNN chair Rolf van Wegberg, who will introduce our two keynote speakers: Dr. Sarah de Rijcke & Dr. Martijn Kleppe. After lunch, we’re offering three rounds of interesting workshops, either focussing on general skills, scientific skills or career development.
More information on the workshops can be found here!
In the afternoon, we’ll announce the winner of the Supervisor of the Year-award. Read more about the Supervisor Award here!
Taylor, what was the best advice ever given to you?
The best advice I ever received is about constantly improving yourself and not comparing yourself with others. I swam competitively for many years as a child. My dad always used to say: “It doesn’t matter how fast your competitor is swimming or whether you come in first, the only thing that matters is that you beat your own time.
Description of the workshop
In this workshop you’ll learn to apply a technique that will help your sentences flow from one to the other with more ease. Banish choppy, unrelated sentences and learn to look at your writing from the perspective of the reader.
For more information on the programme of National PhD Day 2016, go to the programme page.
Monique, what was the best advice ever given to you?
The best advice I was given was really a question: do you know what influence you have on other people?
Description of the workshop
Who gives me job advice? How do I write an impressive motivation letter? How do I look on social media? What is the best way to present myself?
BKV’s Job application training provides useful tips regarding job application skills and the use of social media.
Would you appreciate a cv check prior to the training or do you have specific questions about job applications? Please send your cv and/or questions before October 26 to firstname.lastname@example.org, referring to Training Job application National PhD Day.
This edition of PNN’s National PhD Day will be no exception. We have gathered an interesting programme full of inspirational keynote speakers as well as useful workshops. In the upcoming weeks we will keep adding workshop descriptions and information about the workshopleaders to the Programme page, so stay tuned!
Today we will start by revealing the first workshop:
Design your own thesis cover
Workshop by Evelien Jagtman, illustrator and graphic designer with a medical background | evelienjagtman.com
Evelien, how did you take charge of your own career?
By being brave enough to quit my ‘safe’ job and start my own business.
Description of the workshop
Would you like to give just that extra touch to your thesis?
Would you like to design something yourself?
Or do you want to get new energy by looking at your PhD in a creative way?
Then subscribe for my workshop!
We will create a bird’s eye view of your PhD by finding images that represent your subject. I’ll give you tips on brainstorming and about the designing process. You’ll go home with new ideas, inspiration and a personal concept for your cover design. Note, this is not a computer course: you’ll get the best ideas on paper.
PNN proudly presents already the third edition of National PhD Day, themed: take charge of your career! Be sure to block Saturday the 29th of October in your schedule and join us for interesting workshops, inspiring keynote lectures and the supervisor award ceremony together with PhD candidates from all fields of research.
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National PhD Day Date: 29th October 2016 Location: Academy Building of Utrecht University