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Barry O’Brien (PhD Career Link) shares some of the tools he uses when coaching PhDs during their transition from academia to industry


As part of the recent DSU-SULF PhD day, there was a presentation and discussion given by Barry O’Brien from PhD Career Link, during which he shared some of the tools he uses when coaching PhDs during their transition from academia to industry. Barry has helpfully provided us with the slides from his talk (which deal particularly with developing one’s LindedIn profile), as well as an introduction to useful links for PhDs looking to make this transition from academia to industry, and we are sharing Barry’s links and explanations here.


So on my site there is a tool – – you can upload your CV and also upload a job advert beside it, which will test how suitable your CV is matched compared to a job advert. This is important when trying to submit successful online applications via Applicant Tracking Systems.

CV advice –

These resources are great for people who ask – “What is that job title about?” or

This is an amazing tool that I use with clients to help them understand their transferable skills and describe what they did during their PhD:

Final thing – This is a link to our next free PhD Career Link Meetup in Stockholm on Sept 29th – limited places but sometime we also have them in other places in Sweden if other people want to run them –

Barry O’Brien – Founder
00 46 (0)7350 68683


Twitter: @phdcareerlink

Some good news from Forskarservice. If you are running out of travel budget, this might just solve your problem!

Forskarservice is announcing two travel grants each worth 25000 SEK for students with thesis work in sustainable urban development:

The grants are intended to fund the stay abroad, primarily for research or course work and secondly conference participation.

The application should be sent in as a PDF document addressed to ‘Stiftelsen för främjandet av Malmö högskolas utveckling’, then send an email to

Application deadline is August 15, 2016.

Två resestipendier à 25 000 kronor utlyses för doktorander med avhandlingsarbete inom hållbar stadsutveckling i bred bemärkelse

Stipendierna är avsedda att bekosta utlandsvistelse för i första hand forskning eller kursläsning och i andra hand konferensdeltagande.

Ansökan samlas i ett PDF-dokument, ställs till och skickas till Registrator vid Malmö högskola:

Sista ansökningsdag är den 15 augusti 2016.


Seminar on strategic publishing (specially designed for KS doctoral students)

Malmö University Library offers you an opportunity to get further knowledge about publishing strategies and what aspects can be included in your choices of publication outlets.

By the end of this seminar, you will have reflected on your publication strategy and publishing choices as well as identified how this can influence impact, accessibility and dissemination of your research. Session activities will include a mix of lectures, discussions and hands-on exercises.

The seminar will cover:

  • A general introduction to citation indexes and bibliometric analysis.
  • An introduction to the what and how of open access publishing, including financing publishing fees, copyright and policies.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how bibliometrics is used for assessment and funding
  • Learned how to use some supporting tools, for e.g. searching journals visibility and impact, like Web of Science, Journal Citation Report, SCImago journal & country rank, Google Scholar
  • Know what to bear in mind when publishing open access
  • Know how to assess a journal’s or publisher’s quality

Date: 20 April

Time: 9.00-12.00 Including coffee :-)

Room: C526 Orkanen Library

Registration: – deadline for registration 15th of April

If the sessions are of interest to you, but the dates do not suit you, or if you have any questions, please contact Sara.

Workshop @ MAH: Challange-based learning – Education for development

Challenge-based learning is an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages learners to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve societal problems. Challenge Based Learning is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with peers, teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to ask good questions, develop deep subject area knowledge, identify and solve challenges, take action, and share their experience. Development of cross-border meeting places is a part of this.

Very much welcome to this workshop where we deal with learning in practice and raise awareness of the potential in how to develop your teaching.

Course Instructor: Jonas Christensen, PhD
Date: 25/4 kl. 14.15 – 16.15
Place: B 526 Orkanenbiblioteket