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Malcolm James, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex

Name: Malcolm James
Current job title and organisation: Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex
Department at LSE where you did your PhD: Sociology


Please could you describe what your current job is like day to day?

40% teaching, 40% research, 20% admin

What attracted you to developing a career as an academic?

Teaching, considered research and political interventions

What do you most/least like about your current job?

Most – teaching, colleges, collectivity, research, political interventions
Least – the neo-liberalisation of HE and everything that goes with it.

How did you approach your job search at the end of your PhD and what advice would you give current students on this? 

I applied for all relevant positions, and was lucky enough to find a job at City. It is a difficult time to find work in academia. Try not to let it drag you down. 

How did you find out about your current job (job adverts, contacts etc)?

Jobs.ac.uk|

Can you tell us a bit about the application processes you went through?

Same process for all jobs really, read what they want on their website and go through the motions.

How many academic jobs did you apply to before you were made a job offer?

5-10

What experiences/skills from your PhD have been most useful to you in your career so far (including activities like teaching, conferences, publishing research)?

Teaching experience and research skills

What experiences/skills from outside your PhD have been useful to you in your career so far (eg internships, consultancy work)?

Speaking skills, interpersonal skills and experience in relevant fields

What advice would you give to a current LSE PhD student planning an academic career?

Don't give up.

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