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Thread: Final year support thread

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17-Nov-16, 13:17
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I have not used a proof reader for my thesis yet Hugh but I have used the one I will be using for this in the past for another piece of writing. She did just that- put any changes in MS word track changes leaving me to approve each amendment.

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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17-Nov-16, 13:12
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Quote From Hugh:
Feel like having a rant. A huge rant. I am leaving academia for good. Can't wait to get out.


What has happened Hugh? PM me if you like. Rant away :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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16-Nov-16, 10:19
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I wouldn't mind leaving academia, I just don't know what industry I could work in :/ I have been keeping an eye out for research jobs in the NHS and also work in charities but aside from that I am quite confused on where my skills would be applicable. I am even applying for admin jobs but there is the issue of not having much previous admin experience.

Everywhere seems to want someone who can do the job with no training at all :(

On the plus side, I secured some casual teaching work which starts after Christmas for a few months, so this should keep me going for a bit :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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15-Nov-16, 08:11
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That's amazing teegs!! Well done :D

I agree with you Hugh in that, it probably won't sink in until after a successful viva as the submission process is just stretched out so much. When I handed my draft in, students who are in their first and second year were all asking if I felt nervous for viva...well, no because I have no idea when it will be and also, I feel like finding work is more pressing at the moment- it won't feel real until I have that viva date set!

Thread: Final year support thread

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14-Nov-16, 13:34
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I felt like that with the most recent one 'you were very close', 'the other person was slightly more authoritative' and also 'you did nothing wrong in the interview'- most confusing of all haha.

I am finding the application process much faster today as I am able to recycle pieces of older applications thankfully! I will be making sure I take time to myself though amongst all of this, I just need to learn to relax. It is difficult when trying to stretch my savings though as I cannot do anything that requires money. Went for a nice walk yesterday though with a friend :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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14-Nov-16, 10:58
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I am glad that you are enjoying quiet time Hugh. I thought I would too but I have been really restless actually. I have made a list of about 7 positions to apply for over the next two weeks and I need to learn to get faster with applications as the previous ones took days and days. I have a meeting with a uni I am on zero hours contract with this week to see if they have anything I can do for now.

Did you manage to get good feedback in the end (on the job front?)

Thread: Final year support thread

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14-Nov-16, 07:04
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How is everyone doing?

I handed my full draft to my supervisor last week. This week, I am making searching for jobs my new full time job. I got a rejection last week from a job I really wanted (and the interview went amazingly) so I took a few days to recover from that and come to terms with starting the job application process again!

Thread: Post-PhDers...where did you end up?

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13-Nov-16, 17:39
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In terms of employment?

I am coming to the end of my PhD journey and have been submitting the odd job application over the past few months. I am about to start making applying for jobs my new full time job. Had a couple of interviews recently, both unsuccessful (was close with the last one apparently).

I was just curious really as to where you guys wound up post-PhD?

Thread: PhD, 'passed with no corrections'

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09-Nov-16, 17:56
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This question was posted 5 years ago guys so I doubt the OP has this dilemma anymore(!)

Thread: Final year support thread

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09-Nov-16, 09:17
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I really hope you hear back soon Hugh, have you been a polite nuisance? If not, it may be time to become one to get your feedback ;)

I did have my examiners sorted then my internal dropped out (will be unavailable from December onwards) so going to have a meeting soon to try and sort out another. External is still in place though thankfully!

Tips...I started emailing my sup with a couple of names quite a few months ago. I was pushing for an external that I cite a lot in my thesis and is an expert in my area. Initially they wanted to go for someone else- a superstar in my field. I did agree but felt uneasy about it (nerves mainly). They then changed their mind to my original first choice and went about contacting them. So, there was a few email discussions about it then it fell in to place quickly after we had come to an agreement :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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08-Nov-16, 21:38
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Thank you guys :)

I have some social events planned for the rest of the week and it will be nice to go to those and not have to cram in thesis editing in between! I think I may go to the cinema at the weekend ;)

Have you had any news on yours yet Hugh?

Thread: Final year support thread

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08-Nov-16, 18:33
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I finished the edits :o I have decided to print it at the uni tomorrow morning and go to the binding service to get it very cheaply bound (as my sup wants a hard copy that is secured together).

I already don't know what to do with myself haha

Thread: Final year support thread

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08-Nov-16, 11:49
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My sup is hopeful for a November submission, but I doubt that now unless she reads it at lightening speed and then factoring in the time for the proof reader.

I sometimes say 'see p. X' or 'see *chapter name* chapter'. You have just reminded me now though that I need to go back and check all of those are consistent now as I have cut about 7 pages from the thesis just through making minor amendments to sentence length etc. So, thank you! :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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08-Nov-16, 10:36
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I am applying edits to my conclusion chapter now then it is going to my university's printing service. I am really fed up of the sight of it now that I don't even want to check the references (making sure they are all there)- I just want it gone. After my sup has looked at the hard copy, I plan to send it to a proof reader anyway before submission so I am confident that any last minute errors in that sense will be picked up.

I am feeling quite weird about having it printed and handing it over to my sup because I will have no idea what to do with myself until I have it returned!

How is everyone going on this week?

Thread: Final year support thread

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03-Nov-16, 00:10
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Zutterfly, just thought I'd pop in to say thank you for suggesting breaking up the chapters per day. It sounds really obvious now, but Yesterday I was completely demotivated and fed up with the thesis, and breaking it up has meant I'm getting my mojo back. I've managed to do a few chapters today and will hopefully finish them all by the end of a week!

How are you all getting on?


You are welcome Hugh, I am glad it helped! I actually spent some time on my PhD for the first time in a while today (been putting all of my energy into preparing for job interviews recently). It was quite relaxing oddly because it was a break from prepping for job interviews and quite straight forward as I am just applying 'on paper' edits to my electronic copy of the final thesis so it does not require a lot of thought (e.g. re phrasing the odd sentence, deleting parts, shortening sentence length etc.). I will be spending the majority of the weekend on it though- I just want the job interview out of the way.

I didn't get the job I went for the other week by the way- I knew I wouldn't as I was a nervous wreck in the interview. Fingers crossed for this one :)
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