Overview of Zutterfly

Overview

Avatar placeholder
Zutterfly
Thursday, 11 September 2014 at 9:03pm
Thursday, 31 August 2017 at 7:46am
278
Login to send a private message to Zutterfly
page 1 of 19 recent posts

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
21-Aug-16, 06:32
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Quote From Hugh:
Quote From litphdgirl:
Finally starting to be productive again. A little behind my planned schedule but on course for a full draft of the thesis by the end of the month. Have a big weekend of work ahead but feeling good about what I'm writing and editing. Will update again soon - more for my own accountability than anything! :)


Well done! :-)

I've also got full draft due in 3 weeks time, I really need to make a move on.


Oh my goodness Hugh I had no idea it was that soon! I made a timetable that corresponds with an October draft but I am hoping to get it in sometime in September- I need to take a leaf out of your book it seems!

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
19-Aug-16, 07:28
edited about 5 seconds later
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Quote From litphdgirl:
Finally starting to be productive again. A little behind my planned schedule but on course for a full draft of the thesis by the end of the month. Have a big weekend of work ahead but feeling good about what I'm writing and editing. Will update again soon - more for my own accountability than anything! :)


Wow well done litphdgirl! That's fantastic! Not long for you now :)

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
18-Aug-16, 08:40
edited about 16 seconds later
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
I hope you hear back soon tuutikki, that must be frustrating.

I am applying for jobs and I kind of feel similarly- that I just want the PhD done and to focus completely on a job. Your comment to Chickpea is also very encouraging! I hope I get a second wind :)

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
17-Aug-16, 13:30
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Hugh- this is exactly what I am doing :) currently on chapter 2 of 10. I dreaded this part BUT I am actually finding it quicker than I anticipated. I set myself 2 weeks per chapter, and the current chapter I am working on is looking as though it will be completed by the end of this week. Also, I am surprisingly finding it quite straight forward to cut down my word count focusing on one chapter at a time. I didn't plan on chopping any from the chapter I am currently working on but just by making my wording more concise and eliminating paragraphs that do not seem as relevant, I have got rid of 2000 words!

Chickpea- Oh yes definitely. I had a rubbish day yesterday... I had a coffee with someone to discuss PhD related stuff, then mustered a tiny paragraph of work in 6 hours. I think learning when to put the work down for a few hours is important. When I have a dip in productivity now I go and do something else, even if its some laundry or washing the dishes :)

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
17-Aug-16, 08:19
edited about 15 seconds later
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
How is everyone this week? What are your plans?

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
10-Aug-16, 09:31
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Quote From Hugh:
Well done to both of you too, you are both nearly there! :)

Don't forget to take some time off too, I think I've burnt myself out in past month, and I'm paying for it now, I'm so exhausted! I should pace myself more ...


I took from Wednesday to Monday off as I was recovering from surgery...I was itching to do something productive.

Hoping to make a start on editing the literature review by the end of this week. This is one of those chapters that need a lot of re writing so I need to stop procrastinating and just dive in to that one.

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
09-Aug-16, 22:53
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Wow well done Hugh!

You are nearly there Chickpea :)

I have the whole thesis but I am editing each chapter in order. Some need a lot more work, others need some tweaking. I have just made myself a timetable to stick on my wall to stay on track to have the full draft sent in October, but looks like I will be working a lot of weekends to accomplish it I think :/

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
08-Aug-16, 19:58
edited about 19 seconds later
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Good ol' times new roman.

Yes, I know I am boring!

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
07-Aug-16, 14:19
edited about 8 seconds later
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
But I have about 10k to cut too so we are in the same boat! Maybe if we can cut 2k from 5 chapters? That may be more manageable :)

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
07-Aug-16, 14:17
edited about 14 seconds later
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Quote From Hugh:
Zutterfly, have you tackled reducing the word count?

I've got to take about 10K and I was wondering if you have any tips?


I have not touched my PhD since Tuesday as I am recovering from surgery, only got home from hospital late on Thursday and have been sleeping and taking painkillers since! So no, I have done nothing about my word counts. The last think I was doing before going into hospital was proof reading my introduction that I recently finished. My next goal is to get my literature review edited and completed in the next 2 or 3 weeks and I am hoping I can cut some from that :)

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
27-Jul-16, 22:45
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Quote From TreeofLife:
My CV is also 5 pages long and my cover letter is 1 page long for academic positions. For non-academic positions, I have not yet been asked for a CV, just have to keep filling in those boxes... and then address how I meet the selection criteria, which generally takes up 4 pages.


I may have been doing this incorrectly- I always approached the 'address how you meet the selection criteria' a bit like a cover letter, limiting the length to no longer than a page and half tops. This may have been the wrong approach however? Currently applying to a non-academic position within my university which my entire employment history and research is directly related, so I have done about three pages. I will see how it goes :)

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
25-Jul-16, 15:09
edited about 24 seconds later
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Quote From tuutikki:
[quote]

Yep, in fact I'm submitting my thesis only today haha. Just ran out of money basically. And as others have said, filling in applications does get easier with time, it becomes more of a copy paste exercise as most essential and desirable qualities are fundamentally the same. The main thing I found frustrating was how every job has a different system where you have to fill in everything on your CV into boxes and it takes aaaaages to do. What happened to sending off your super professional CV that you worked on for ages? haha


The requirement to input your CV into boxes is the most frustrating part! I tend to tackle that first before coming back a day or two later to write the covering letter so I can calm down!

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
25-Jul-16, 15:08
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Quote From tuutikki:
Quote From Hugh:
I've just re-designed my CV! Haha. I've almost completed my first proper application. My cover letter is one page and CV is around 5 pages. Does that sound about right?


Ooh, I'll keep my fingeres crossed for you! My CV is only 2 pages long, I've been told to not go over that. Although I'm not sure if there's more leeway for academic CVs... I also don't think I ever sent off an actual CV so basically, don't listen to me haha. The cover letter sounds about right from my experience, does the job advert not specify a length? From what I remember they usually did and this was generally 1-2 pages.


Hugh, yes academic CVs are longer- typically 5-7 pages. Mine is 5 pages if this reassures you! Also cover letters are preferred to be one page or not much over (page and half tops). The funny thing is, I have worked in careers advice and for councils helping long term unemployed back into work and education. I have successfully secured jobs for many other people, but I can't seem to land one for myself haha :)

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
22-Jul-16, 09:08
edited about 23 seconds later
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Hi Hugh,

In all honesty, I would just apply and make sure you tailor your experience and skills to the post as much as you can! I applied for one and I was in the same boat and this is what I did. I wasn't shortlisted but I felt it was worth applying as after that initial application, I got faster at the others. I have noticed the quality of my supporting statements improve the more I have applied for :) It is a slog but one that we have to go through!

Thread: Final year support thread

posted
20-Jul-16, 17:19
Avatar for Zutterfly
posted about 1 year ago
Quote From Hugh:
I am looking at academic and non-academic posts too. I would ideally like to stay in research, but I think the short-term contracts and pressure for publication is going to get frustrating. I'm therefore looking for RA posts instead of post-docs.

People love to ask me: so what are your plans post-PhD, and its turned into one of those dreaded questions.

On another note, I had a question about proof reading, that I've posted in the main thread too:

should i tell my supervisor I'm using a professional proof reader? Or is it better I keep that quiet?


Hugh- There is no issue with proof-reading as far as everyone in my department is concerned. All the PhDs before me used one and passed details of proof readers onto us for when we needed them. A friend in my department was awarded minor corrections and told to have her thesis professionally proof read before submitting the corrections, so it is a perfectly acceptable thing to do!

TreeofLife- I am currently applying for one professional services job but it is closely related to my thesis so I hope this may help. I have also worked with them casually before. What you are saying is helpful though, and I am happy you have realised which direction you would like to go in :) So I guess be super super enthusiastic if I get shortlisted? haha
page 1 of 19 recent posts

Postgraduate
Forum

Copyright ©2017
All rights reserved

Postgraduate Forum

Masters Degrees

PhD Opportunities

PostgraduateForum is a trading name of FindAUniversity Ltd
FindAUniversity Ltd, Sellers Wheel, 151 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU, United Kingdom. Tel +44 (0) 114 268 4940 Fax: +44 (0) 114 268 5766