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Thread: Post PhD life

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05-May-16, 11:08
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"It's an interesting career path isn't it... I can't really think of anything else like it. Pilot maybe? But even they get to live in one place!"

Since when is that complaining?

I love moving around and with very few commitments am able to do so easily.

However, it is a disadvantage for (dare I say most?) people, who in fact want to settle in one place. What is the problem with people raising their concerns, or even COMPLAINING as you put it? (Oh, what dreadful sin is THIS).

Maybe talking about things is how progress can start to happen.

Thread: Post PhD life

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04-May-16, 17:06
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It's an interesting career path isn't it... I can't really think of anything else like it. Pilot maybe? But even they get to live in one place!

Thread: Listing 'nearly published' article on CV

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01-May-16, 09:25
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Wow, that is interesting! It does sound likely. Unless there is one that is specifically for that purpose (pre published work)? I might look into it a bit more as I had planned on doing it! Hope your grant application goes well.

Thread: Listing 'nearly published' article on CV

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30-Apr-16, 09:48
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I was at a talk for people applying for fellowships the other day, and one of the speakers said you can actually upload your prepublished article somewhere (can't remember the place - may differ by subject area - research gate?) and put the link for that so that they can read it. Apparently that is even better than saying submitted as they have something tangible.

Thread: How long to wait for a postdoc to be advertized

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30-Apr-16, 09:45
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I wouldn't write it off and I would probably chase again to see where the ad is. Meantime, I would be seriously looking at other opportunities - and I think I might tell her I was doing this so she knows that you need something concrete very soon or will go elsewhere.

I don't know if this healthy but personally I don't trust anyone in academia anymore!

Thread: advice on quitting phd

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17-Apr-16, 11:32
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I wasn't implying that. I was only asking, as it would affect my choice. I would definitely plow on vs pay back.

Thread: Doing a doctorate - tips/advice?

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17-Apr-16, 09:55
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Congrats on your PhD offer and fantastic Masters result!

If your first year is anything like mine, it will be quite quiet compared to the Masters (you may even start to look younger again).

Based on what you've said it sounds like you want to change your way of working a little... So I guess I would start by listing a few practical things to try... e.g., print off articles instead of screen reading (for the eyes), go into shared PhD office (if you have one) 9-5 at least X times a week (for the routine), get a decent office chair and make sure I walk around the room now and then for a few minutes (for the back)...

It is hard to answer about a realistic schedule. It'll depend on the workload, and that will change over time too. I find that going into the office Monday to Friday from 9 ish to 5 ish gives me the routine I need. When things get busy I can work longer hours if needed.

For the procrastination and stress and working in the middle of the night... I am wondering if that is perhaps how you function... your procrastination leads to some stress, which motivates you to write (incidentally in the middle of the night)... ? A lot of people find that the stress gets too much during the PhD. So maybe you could think about other things that motivate you to work, and have a look at some strategies for dealing with procrastination and stress.

Thread: What would you do? (PhD admissions)

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15-Apr-16, 13:26
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I agree with all the previous comments. I would go with A because the list of pros is longer, and the pros of option B do not seem to outweigh them.

I would go with option B if I really wanted a change and/or there were some quite serious problems at my current institution.

As far as I've heard, things like where you publish are more important than who is your funder. But as Chickpea says, it is important to have enough money to support your costs during the PhD - so that might sway me if option A was poor for that (as in didn't offer a stipend or any bits of extra money for conferences etc).

Thread: Anyone elses supervisor just abandon them in 3rd year?

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14-Apr-16, 18:31
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I can imagine. Thanks for answering and I hope you get some good support / ideas on here from others going through this.

Thread: Anyone elses supervisor just abandon them in 3rd year?

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14-Apr-16, 16:12
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I'm not a third year, but really curious about this as I've heard of it before (someone in my office says the same). Do you think it is a purposeful decision, like oh, they're third year now, let them do it all by themselves without support?

Thread: Viewing email in Outlook via browser

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13-Apr-16, 11:11
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Oh I'm sorted. Just sharing what I found as a solution for anyone else experiencing the same problem. You can actually change to Outlook Light version when viewing mails through the browser. Instructions here:
It displays emails in the traditional way. It is a bit basic - but it does the trick. Cheers.

Thread: Viewing email in Outlook via browser

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13-Apr-16, 10:57
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Hello

This is a bit of a techy question and may be better placed on a different forum, but I thought I'd ask here too...

Does anyone know if you can view your outlook emails (university email address) through a different web app? I hate the Microsoft outlook interface, as the current version does not allow you to view messages individually, it insists on grouping them as conversations. This is quite complicated when you are corresponding with several participants who have all replied to your single email. It clusters them together as a conversation, and sometimes my heart skips a beat when it displays as though my personal reply to one participant has been sent to all of them (in fact it hasn't but the silly conversation feature makes it look like it, and possibly makes it more likely to happen by mistake).

Any advice about alternatives to crappy outlook interface appreciated.

Thanks

Thread: Phd without publications and with dismotivational msetings

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12-Apr-16, 16:42
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I absolutely agree with Semaphore. I know people who didn't publish during their PhD also. They are now working on turning some of it into publications or a publication (depending). If you talk to more people at your institution I am sure you will find that not everyone has published already. So yes, normal.

Be proud of yourself that you have got this far and will have yourself a PhD.

Thread: advice on quitting phd

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12-Apr-16, 13:23
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posted about 3 years ago
Absolutely agree with Mr Doctor!

Thread: advice on quitting phd

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12-Apr-16, 11:56
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Hi Storfisk,

Are you sure you want to quit? Might you benefit from having a week or so holiday and coming back with a fresh head? If you're sure or pretty certain, I'd suggest talking to your advisor.

If you do decide to quit...

I know someone who quit their PhD (engineering) and he is very successful. Apparently it was no problem with potential employers for him. At the end of the day, people do realise things are not for them. And no doubt you will have gained some valuable experience/skills from the last 2 years.

Re the funding repayments. Are you sure?! I have never heard of this. My Masters was funded by the same studentship as I am now on for my PhD. And if I quit at any time I am not obligated to pay anything back. Equally, if you were asked to stop because you weren't meeting the standard, you could not be expected to pay anything back. The only thing that would need to be paid back as far as mine is concerned is if I had received a payment for that month and I had quit/was in the process of quitting. Then I would have to pay back that month. This is outlined in my funding guidance. Do you have a similar guidance document you can check? Otherwise, ask your advisor.

Good luck with everything.

Tudor.
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