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Thread: Examiner Disagreement

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31-Mar-17, 01:25
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posted about 5 months ago
Wow that was like watching a tragedy with a great ending. I nearly feel like giving this thread a movie review LOL. Congrats Faded!

Thread: Literature Review Struggles!

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20-Mar-17, 19:53
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posted about 5 months ago
Like everyone said just swing through it man. I would also say, if its interdisciplinary, just attack it one sub discipline at a time and then see where they intersect. You will probably find (like I did) that 2 disciplines have more in common than with the third "distant cousin" body of literature. So you can just park that to the side when it becomes "useless" or you just use a paragraph to cite en-passant that you are aware of that body of literature, but it is not relevant to your research question.

Find your sweetspot, and then pay attention to the authors that keep popping up who have written about it. Check out their google scholar or research gate profiles and see what else they have written, and then look through the related articles by other authors. It is out there, you just have to find it. Good luck man.

Thread: Going forward???

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20-Mar-17, 19:47
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posted about 5 months ago
Warning I am somewhat of a radical, but I firmly believe there is no reason to do shit you hate (unless you are your family are about to starve.)

I say figure out what you want, and reverse engineer. I discovered what specialisation I really loved halfway through my PhD, so I pivoted, and made sure I was able to write at least 1 paper about it, and now I'm just obsessed with cracking into that field.

Be empirically lead by what you love doing. It sounds airy fairy I know. If you are not sure, experiment (depending on how much leverage you have). DO NOT go with the safe / sensible option if you have the choice man. You will be tiptoeing to a super resentful retirement.

Thread: Publishing during the PhD inquiries.

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20-Mar-17, 19:41
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I just published (sole author) in a very decent journal and I am about 3 months out from submitting (3rd year) so it is doable without supervisor co-author. However my thesis format is "PhD incorporating publishable papers" so I am trying to get all 4 of my thesis "papers" published by end of year.

HOWEVER, my colleague, also published like a week before her Viva (same supervisor) sole author. So it is doable (and recommended) if you plan on doing a postdoc or shooting straight for a lectureship. Teaching fellowships don't require publications.

Having said all of that, allow for exceptions to the rule. The only downside I can think of publishing with a supervisor is that if they are not the go-getter type, I assume that whole exercise might be like pulling teeth.

*Disclaimer* While I did sole author my paper, both of my supervisors proof read + commented on it 4-5 times (4-5 drafts) before they agreed to let me start submitting to journals.

Thread: Final year support thread

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06-Feb-16, 00:55
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posted about 1 year ago
Howdy all. Pressure is on for sure as my final year is here. Plan to put out 4 papers before viva, speak at conferences finally because I did not want to present before I had findings. And of course thinking about postdoc, sourcing funding XYZ. 12 hour days...its insane. Still would not rather be doing anything else. Have a good weekend folks.

Thread: PhD Research Topic HELP!

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25-Nov-15, 10:27
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posted about 2 years ago
I swore I wrote a 2 post response after reading the introduction of conclusion....sheesh....not typing that over...

EDIT: NVM, OP created identical threads.

Thread: PhD or Job

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24-Nov-15, 08:00
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posted about 2 years ago
Lastly, do you want to be an academic or an industry / pseudo-academic (consultant) guy? What is your end game or dream? Once you know that with crystal clarity, then working backwards to figure out the path is the easy part.

Good luck though.

Thread: PhD or Job

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24-Nov-15, 07:58
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posted about 2 years ago
So here is my 2c worth as a 39 yo candidate looking to finish in 2.5 years (UK).

I tend not to think along practical lines, I go with passion (if I can afford to) despite the inconveniences.

Your Job: You sound genuinely interested in where it could lead, and the possibilities, and most importantly you sound enthusiastic, so it is a good option, however I do not know about your constraints but there is a bit of logic built into that decision I assume. Would you want to put the next 20 years into that job and feel as if you professional life has been one well lived?

Academia: First of all, statistics (7-10% PhD candidates getting full time jobs after graduation) is for 'other' people, or average people. I know I sound like a shit, but that has been my observation. It just lets you know what NOT to do. Sure there are no guarantees but most PhD candidates just do enough. Like its some achievement to finish in 3 years? Really? That is the minimum! You should have at least 2 papers AND a host of other value added on top of that. I am also the department's computing officer so I chat with all staff, old and new. Those without publications get temporary teaching posts, those with publications get full time research offers, often before they have even submitted. I have seen this happen more times that I can count. So if you are willing to put in an unreasonable amount of effort into your career, it will work out. Ignore statistics.

Secondly, why are you continuing your Master's research into a PhD? Is it worth studying? Its it because you have all your industry contacts and will be easy to get data? I encourage you to still rigorously interrogate the viability of your PhD, outside of it being a carry over from your Masters studies, as that is not justification enough for a relevant, current, interesting, sexy PhD (Yes I said sexy because marketing your research is a reality)

Thread: PhD Research Topic HELP!

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23-Nov-15, 22:41
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posted about 2 years ago
4. Topic is too broad. You do not specify which market you are looking at, and the global design market is WAYYYY too big to cover in 1 PhD. Reformulate

5. You took 8 paragraphs to to get to your research question. That was very difficult to read. Get straight to the point and THEN justify why, how, and what you will be examining. The way it is laid out now, it makes for painful reading (I am not being rude, just frank, no sense if being vague). Consider having someone you trust academically proof read it for clarity. That is a MUST. If not pay to have it proof read and edited. Its worth it if you are serious about a PhD. Have an old mentor or professor read it. Something.

6. Yeah that's it. But think long and hard about the problem you are trying to solve, and then reformulate your question. In the end, I am not sure your research is worth studying, and if it is, you should be able to make a convincing case for it in in a reply here in one paragraph. I hope this was somewhat helpful, and I look forward to that paragraph.

Thread: PhD Research Topic HELP!

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23-Nov-15, 22:32
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posted about 2 years ago
Full disclosure I only read up until the beginning of the literature review:

Comments:

1. Your grammar is ok, but sentence structure could use some work. Its not easy to follow and in places you are too informal with your language. For example use the term "players" when referring to major firms in the industry. In the UK, academics prefer a bit more crisp language in serious work, otherwise it comes of sounding like a blog post. Trust me, as someone who is heavily influences by North American culture and enthusiasm, I have learned to adopt the "correct tone" in academic work.

2. Many of your claims, statistics, assertions and statements lack citations. You had one citation in the first 8 paragraphs. That will not cut it. EVERY empirical statement about the design industry that you make MUST be referenced by some supporting source, otherwise that is just your opinions I am reading. You content as it is, is too subjective.

3. I am doing a social-science PhD and to be frank, the recession is done with.

Your research topic is as follows "How global recession is changing the current design practitioners towards creative freelancers?" That should be past tense, as I think you would be hard pressed to demonstrate that the recession is still ongoing. You may want to re-conceptualise your question to "How the global recession HAS CHANGED etc." past tense.

If that is the case, why is it important? Why should people care? Helping graduates make more informed decisions is not that compelling (to me). Why is it important to observe this shift in business model from big firm to free lancer? Are you not just giving a historical account in the end? What larger theories can benefit from this investigation? Your rationale needs firming up or you need to re-frame your questions so your results have more of an impact factor.

To be continued....

Thread: I PASSED!!!!!!!!!

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23-Nov-15, 22:08
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posted about 2 years ago
Nicely done. Congrats and all the best!

Thread: Supervisor and project ideas - what kinds of discussion do people have?

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23-Nov-15, 22:05
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posted about 2 years ago
Everyone is different, but a skill you develop over the course of a PhD is how to set the tone of the conversation and how to make things move in the right direction when engaging apathetic or even resistant attitudes. Simply put you learn how to set the agenda. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. But with an issue as big as your research question, be receptive to ideas, but only you can see the big picture. Otherwise it will be a hard 3-4 years.

Thread: literature review before PhD?

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25-Aug-15, 10:01
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posted about 2 years ago
While as others have said, your lit review will occupy the bulk of your first year as a PhD candidate, you would do well to familiarize yourself with a few articles, seminal works, industry reports, etc which are key to your topic or area of interest. Looking back, my PhD proposal was utter garbage, but that's kind of the point and its understood that what you end up researching looks a fair bit different to what you originally proposed for entry into the University.

OFFTOPIC: In MY humble opinion, have a good idea about what you want to study, otherwise you may end up doing a PhD your supervisor fancies. The more focused you are about your topic, the less you will get 'pushed around' in your supervisory meetings. I'm not saying not to take good advice, that's what they are there for, BUT you also have to be able to stand your ground convincingly about the direction of your research. If you are doing a predetermined PhD as part of a cluster or project, the final paragraph does not apply of course.

Good luck though.

Thread: Conferences

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24-Aug-15, 18:02
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posted about 2 years ago
Conferences are always a plus, and sometimes will have some kind of publication of papers presented for the event. Even if not, publishing is significantly harder than attending conferences, so one would reasonably expect a candidate to have a few conferences under their belt with a much few papers (if at all) to their names. Now go network for that postdoc!

Thread: What to buy...?

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24-Aug-15, 17:58
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posted about 2 years ago
What Eds said, hard to go wrong with that.
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