Getting to Know Us: Tracy

First question, can you tell the reader who you are? So name, job title etc.

Dr. Tracy Bussoli. Senior Careers Consultant with responsibility for QMUL PhD and Tracy Head Shot QMBlogPostdoctoral Researchers.

And what departments/students do you specifically help?

I work with PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers from all three faculties at Queen Mary i.e. Humanities and Social Science, School of Medicine and Dentistry and Science and Engineering.

How do you do this? What do you spend most of your time doing?

I see people in one-to-one appointments, deliver workshops, run events, support researchers in finding broad work experience (e.g. internships) and host a Twitter feed (@QMResearchers).

What’s the hardest thing about your job?

Supporting researchers that can’t pursue the academic career path they had envisaged because the academic job market is currently so competitive and/or not what they expected.

What do you enjoy the most?

Supporting researchers in exploring and securing work in a wide range of areas where all their strengths and talents can be utilised i.e. showing them that research training and other character traits developed through a PhD are much sort after by employers.

What are you most proud of? What is your biggest success to date?

Receiving numerous emails from QMUL PhDs/Postdocs when they nail their interview and secure their first post after their PhD.

What is the most common question you get asked by students?

What else can I do, if I don’t pursue an academic career?

And finally, tells us one thing we wouldn’t know about you.

Not only do I have three degrees (BSc, MSc and PhD), I have a diploma in makeup art. Oh, and I can tap dance!! Sorry is that too many?


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