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Work-Life Balance

Last year, I did near daily updates about what it’s like working as an applied sociologist. I wanted to promote more awareness about our careers beyond academia. I stopped doing the regular diary in October, except for the odd check-in. Here’s what I’ve been up to, along with reflections on work-life balance.

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Hecticness of Leave

I’m on leave. The day before I went on leave, everybody wanted everything from me, because I was going on leave, even though I’m only away for three business days. In order to go on leave, I had to deal with a request for a “quick trial,” providing advice on null results, and managing staff remotely.

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Website and Graphic Design in Applied Research

I’ve been away a long time and I wanted to restart my series on A Day in Applied Sociology, to shed light on what it’s like to be an applied sociologist. First, I wanted to show you how I manage my public sociology with my paid work. Second, I wanted to reflect on what it’s like learning website and graphic design for business, research and social policy audiences.

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Preparing for an Executive Presentation

Quite a lot do, and yet the day ended up not working out quite the way I planned. I had some leave planned from 12:30pm leading into a long weekend. I started off with a meeting that went longer than scheduled, but it was very productive. We’re trying to finalise the message frames that we’re thinking of testing in our online experiment.

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