I have written extensively before about how important mentorship is to me, and about how social media can be used by academics to advance their careers. On top of my (already crazy busy) research agenda, I have taken on the challenge of hosting #ECRChat (Early Career Researcher Chat) on Twitter on Thursdays at 11am Pacific Standard Time for the Western hemisphere. #ECRChat was initiated by Katie Wheat and Hazel Ferguson, and their chat is attended by Australian and UK researchers. Because of the time difference, it is difficult to contribute to those discussions, so I volunteered to host for the Western hemisphere (e.g. the Americas and a few other countries).
#ECRchat is a global weekly discussion for the early career researcher community via twitter. The chat is intended mainly for the discussion of post-PhD career issues and we welcome anyone who is interested, who has questions, or who has advice to share. We hope that PhD students, postdocs, and junior faculty will all benefit from the advice and resources collected here. We would also love to hear advice and questions from those who have left (or are considering leaving) academia, and from senior faculty, including those who advise PhD students and other ECRs.
Normally, #ECRChat hosts and topics are announced weeks in advance, but since this is my first week as the organizer of #ECRChat for the western hemisphere, I’ll probably be the one hosting. Hopefully we will see you on Thursday September 13th at 1pm PST on Twitter! If you do have a topic in mind and/or want to be a guest host, please by all means drop a comment on the blog or contact me via email.