Several NZ PhD students are keen to take some action on addressing the problems faced by NZ graduate science students. We're looking for collaborators to assist us with this and to help us network with the wider commmunity. Some of the topics we wish to specifically address are:
- Increasing public and student awareness of the realities of PhD student life (low pay, poor career prospects in academia, poor job security, high mobility, high skills)
- Pushing and preparing more students for non-academic, career pathways (specifically IP analysts, software engineers, data analysts, startups, commercialization careers etc)
- Asking and answering the question - "Does NZ produce too many PhD students?" Is public funding being spent wisely to educate us?
- Generally increasing awareness and engagement with science from young researcher's perspective.
This list is by no means comprehensive, and we would be interested in any feedback on the scope of these goals as well as their relevance and possible ways to approach all of them - but mostly we need people. If you know motivated science students who would like to help create their future in NZ, please encourage them to get in touch with us. Spread the word - early scientists need to be more active in defining their future in NZ!