End of month 1 Year 2

It’s Friday afternoon, I’m on the last day of my 30 day no drinking adventure (documented on my personal blog) and hitting refresh on my email constantly as I wait to hear whether I’ve been accepted into the international conference PhD workshop (I’m supposed to be notified by 1st Feb.)

Touching base on my January goals and thinking about my next 4 weeks. Here’s where I am at:

  • Contact outstanding interviews from existing sets to schedule interviews: one confirmed for next Friday and one has disappeared into the ether…..no idea whether I will locate them.
  • Determine next 20 interviews and contact primary subjects: Wow this is harder than I thought.  I have emails out to two potential primary candidates (Sydney and Adelaide) and no responses.  People who I thought would jump at the opportunity are just not responding to emails.  I’m working myself up into a bit of an anxiety bubble over this, so taking a screen break over the weekend before attempting to contact new people on Monday. Adelaide is a priority as I am already booked to travel there in March.
  • Touch base with supervisor – meet and discuss project plan: Done and done.  We met yesterday (and I should say I received my Stage 1 feedback this week, which was very valuable, and I am now officially a Stage 2 candidate.)
  •  Map out plan for publication in 2015 – journals to approach, time frames: sort of.  I have a journal article idea, that fits with my data collected, but I haven’t finalised the journals as yet.  I’m going to commence the Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks program as of next week, but this assumes you have a previous essay/paper to modify.  I do not, so I’ll spend 2-3 weeks putting a 5,000 rough paper together first.  Aim is to submit by the end of this semester.
  • Semester 1 teaching course reviewed and gaps identified, course content finalised end February: on track.  Just confirming the subject guide with my school, and then I update as of next week.

So it’s hasn’t been a bad month. I’ve made some big theoretical leaps as well, which has cemented my direction. This is good. But I think I have to realistic with regard to just how many interviews I can do, not because of time, but because of actually getting subjects.  I was overly optimistic in my belief people would want to be part of this project.

Anyhow, for the month of February my aims are:

  • Complete the review of my Cultural Policy Course.
  • Have a paper ready to write my journal article on, complete with references and further data.
  • Have collected enough data and notes to begin a draft chapter on Context: Creative industries and their HR implications
  • Continue reading on social learning theory and communities of practice, including critical approaches.

Onwards and upwards – Happy Friday all.

 

Ticking boxes

Half way through week 2 and how am I going?  Checking in on my goal completion.

By the end of last week I was to:

  • Get organised for the year: clean desk, order new equipment (mouse, printer cartridges, new iPad – all things that I need and have avoided doing.)

Big tick. And can’t believe I put off getting a new iPad for so long….I feel like I don’t need glasses any more, the screen is so clear!

  • Update my interview schedule project plan for 2015

Big tick. Not contacting people for another week yet, summer in Sydney, but the plans are there.

  • Begin transcribing my outstanding interviews – finish by end of the month

Tick, three done, four to go.

  • Get back into reading, and importantly, note taking.

Read one book, not really notes, more a flurry of post-its.  Probably not as good as it should be. A good book though, will definitely help both my thesis and my teaching.

  • Lay out the thematic areas I need to review this semester

I’m kicking off with a focus on the creative industries – what are they, why am I focussing on them, why are they important and what are the HR/people issues involved with them. I’d like to write a draft of this chapter in the next 6 weeks.

Also need to think about actor network theory….

So not a bad start to the year. This week has been highjacked a little by the Golden Globes (v.important, don’t knock) and a unexpected trip to Melbourne for family reasons, but back on track as of…..now.

Start as you hope to continue

Welcome to 2015!

I was at my desk by 9am this morning, after a brisk 7km walk with the dog, ready to kick off the new year.  I’m excited to get back into PhD world after an exhilarating and exhausting end to 2014 with a trip to Chile and Argentina and then the annual Christmas pilgrimage around Australia visiting all the family.

Most things were wrapped up by the end of last year, though as yet I haven’t received my stage one feedback (on the written component.)  Given the way universities work I’m not expecting anything now until after Australia Day. Though one of my panel has retired, so I wonder if I will get anything at all from him.

I’ve been thinking about short, medium and long term goals for my academic and working life and it seems like a good time to outline some of them.

2015 Academic goals:

  1. To be published (or accepted for publication) in one academic journal
  2. To present at a conference, or PhD workshop as part of conference (AIMAC application currently outstanding)
  3. To successfully deliver new ‘Cultural and Creative Leadership’ course at UNSW Art & Design (Semester 2)
  4. To publish one piece in non-academic platform, such as The Conversation

This breaks down into some short term planning:

By the end of this week:

  • Get organised for the year: clean desk, order new equipment (mouse, printer cartridges, new iPad – all things that I need and have avoided doing.)
  • Update my interview schedule project plan for 2015
  • Begin transcribing my outstanding interviews – finish by end of the month
  • Get back into reading, and importantly, note taking.
  • Lay out the thematic areas I need to review this semester

By the end of this month:

  • Contact outstanding interviews from existing sets to schedule interviews
  • Determine next 20 interviews and contact primary subjects
  • Touch base with supervisor – meet and discuss project plan
  •  Map out plan for publication in 2015 – journals to approach, time frames
  • Semester 1 teaching course reviewed and gaps identified, course content finalised end February.

By end of this quarter:

  • 10 more interviews planned
  • Participate in another writing group/’shut up and write’
  • AIMAC PhD workshop presentation completed and submitted (contingent on acceptance) or alternate conference opportunity identified
  • Journal article concepts identified, discussed with supervisor and researched

By the end of this semester:

  • 30 additional interviews undertaken, transcribed.
  • 2 journal articles submitted for potential publication (timeframe contingent)
  • PhD workshop presentation presented (June 26/7 contingent on acceptance)
  • Successful delivery of ‘Cultural Policy’ course for UNSW Art & Design

I want to make a few changes to my way of working this year.  While I am satisfied with what I achieved in 2014, I think I need to lift my game somewhat and have, what I think are, ambitious goals for 2015.  In addition, I have received an 18 month scholarship. Why 18 months when I have 2 years to go I do not know, but it is a great relief to me.  Having this means I may (though I haven’t completely decided) choose to get a desk space at UTS and treat this more ‘job’ like.  Even if I don’t physically go to campus I plan of tightening up my schedule, no 9:45am yoga for example.  More 9am – 5pm desk time.

I’m excited as I love what I do, and I look forward to learning, sharing knowledge and discussing new ideas with my colleagues and community this year. And a bit of blog writing too…