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    Competition in academia is fierce, today more than ever. Whether at PhD level, or as an early career academic, we are often expected to know what to do and how to do it. This is true for research as it's true for teaching and admin.

    Yet, many of us struggle without knowing what direction to take, how best to juggle our many responsibilities, which opportunities to grab and which to leave behind. Asking for help may be seen as a weakness and simply admitting to not knowing something can be a stain hard to remove. If you are a woman in a STEM subject all of the above can feel even more exacerbating and you may question whether a career in academia is really for you.

    Over the last twenty years, I have been helping PhD students, post-docs and early career academics improve their writing skills, become more productive, publish their research, apply for fellowships, secure job interviews, and strike a better work-life balance.  

    If any of this resonates with you, please get in touch. I'd love to be able to support you!

                                                        Marialuisa Aliotta








"I absolutely loved the work process and looked forward to the sessions with Marialuisa."


Shanna Gutierrez - Flutist (US) (credit: Aleks Karjaka)

"When I spotted the job advert at the Music Department I thought to myself that was the dream job I had been waiting for!

Yet, I had no clue how to prepare an application. As an artist I had no understanding of how academia works from the inside. Then, I stumbled upon a blog post on Academic Life about personal statements and standing out in job applications.

So I decided to take advantage of a 30 min free strategy session with Marialuisa: I certainly wasn't getting anywhere on my own. 

This was definitely one of the best decisions I've made in my life

I enrolled on a 3-month mentoring program and Marialuisa guided me through the process of writing all the application materials; these included a Research statement, a Teaching statement, a Cover Letter and an in-depth revision of my CV.

I absolutely loved the work process and looked forward to the sessions with Marialuisa.

Shanna Gutierrez, Flutist (US) (photo credit: Aleks Karjaka) 
Shortlisted for Academic Lectureship 





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