Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has just launched its 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Seven PhD students currently on the SDS PhD Programme have risen to the challenge of explaining the complexity and relevance of their doctoral research in a concise and engaging way for a non-specialist audience.
Links to all the entries are found on the SDS web pages. Amongst these are two from Centre for Social Informatics PhD students: (1) Katherine Stephen, who is coming to the end of the first year of her doctoral study, and (2) Marina Milosheva, who has almost completed the +1 Masters year of her 1+3 PhD programme, and will start her PhD this October.
When trying to assess your future career, it’s hard to predict which skills will be in demand, and how they might match up to your vision for your life. If new types of jobs, or entirely new industries, spring up three (or thirty) years into your working life, how will you be able to move into them? Metaskills – understanding your own learning and processing powers, and planning your actions accordingly – can ensure that you’re confident and ready for any changes that might happen. My research investigates these skills using ideas of self-reflection and Aristotle’s concept of ‘Nus’.
Marina’s Masters research explores how career knowledge is co-created in practice. Her interdisciplinary project combines insights from Career Studies and Science and Technology Studies and aims to support careers work in an information age. In this information age, having access to more information may not necessarily translate to having more knowledge. Therefore, the project makes a distinction between information practices and knowledge practices and highlights the importance of knowledge practices as key to creating value and resilience in career contexts. Findings indicated that career knowledge co-creation in SDS is supported by a network of communications, technologies, and organisational structures.
Good luck in the competition to Katherine and Marina!