QUT Faculty of Education PhD Graduate Story – Sharon Mullins

ON-SCREEN TITLE: QUT momentum Sharon ON-SCREEN TITLE: Introduce yourself and your PhD topic.
My name is Sharon Mullins. I’m an Executive Director in the Department
of Education and Training. I completed my PhD in 2012, my PhD examined
the relationship between education policy and the news print media. ON-SCREEN TITLE: I never thought I would… I never I would complete my PhD part-time,
I always anticipated I’d have to take a block of time to complete it. It never happened. I managed. ON-SCREEN TITLE: What skills did you gain
during candidature? The skills that I gained from doing my PhD,
in addition to the writing skills involved with writing a PhD, involved the ability to
sustain my thinking around a complex piece of work, the resilience to push through and
continue to work on something, and the ability to cross a wide range of philosophies, academic
constructs, intellectual ideas. ON-SCREEN TITLE: Any advice for current PhD
students preparing for employment? When PhD candidates are applying for jobs,
it’s important to look very closely at what the requirements of the job are. The PhD will no doubt have provided the candidate
with many skills, aptitudes, resilience and ability, but it won’t stand alone. ON-SCREEN TITLE: Any advice for current PhD
students? My key supervisor once gave me a very important
piece of advice, he said to me “Sharon this is not your opus, it’s your driving licence”. ON-SCREEN TITLE: QMomentum Sharon

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