Name: Dr Mike Todorovic
Position: Senior Lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology, Griffith University
Time in Role: 2 years, lecturing for 6 years total
What I love about my job is that there is no typical day! A typical week might involve the following:
Time! There is either not enough hours in the day, or I am doing too many things—still figuring that out.
There are so many! Like many scientists and science communicators, I love engaging with my students and the public. COVID has changed the world, so it is now becoming more common for me to engage people via social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, podcasting).
That’s an interesting question. Apart from the obvious answer (that it provides me with the tools to adequately enquire, research, and summarise information)—it lends a legitimacy to my science communicator persona—which is more important from my perspective. The PhD is like a litmus test for the general public to know whether they can trust you and engage with you. At the same time, this puts a lot of pressure on us not to let them down.
Here is some unhelpful and helpful advice (though both are true).
Unhelpful: Do what you like doing and be lucky.
Helpful: Find a mentor in the position that you aspire to be in. Take their advice and apply it to your context (don’t forget that they will think they got there because of their expertise and skill—this is true, but they also got there because they were lucky and because of their circumstances).
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