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Thread: Should I tell employers that I'm currently enrolled in PhD and want to quit?

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29-Sep-10, 10:58
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posted about 10 years ago
Hi,
I don't have any experience in this and I know that other people on here do so they may be more help. I would just say that you don't like academia, you don't want to work in that environment, you're more interested in working in industry because of X, Y, Z. Would that be an option?
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Thread: A random question

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21-Aug-10, 11:52
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I am genuinely shocked! I thought almost everyone thought increasing awareness of transferable skills etc was a good thing.

I think it's an excellent thing!!! At the end of the day, tuition fees are heavily subsidised so they should be helping increase someone's job prospects. I really don't see why that's incompatible with increasing knowledge. In fact, I think without it we as academics risk alienating ourselves and going back to the heady days of ivory towers. Why can't you research X Y and Z as well as learning about how to impress the people with the cash and jobs (who may well fund your post doc, fellowship etc)???

I for one didn't do my PhD in some noble quest for knowledge. I did it because I thought the project advertised was important and interesting but mostly because I wanted to be a career researcher. I've now changed my mind and am going to be working in the NHS and without advice on how to enhance my CV from the careers department I'm pretty positive I wouldn't have the job which I'm due to start in October.

Thread: response rate

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20-Aug-10, 18:45
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In previous work I've been advised to state that whilst X number of people work at organisation Y where the study was advertised it is not possible to state the response rate as snowballing was used.

It's pretty common, I've seen it stated in loads of academic papers.

I've also stated blah blah blah lowest possible response rate is Z% (where Z=X/Y*100) but I personally think it's pretty useless and normally makes your response rate look horrendous!

Good luck

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Thread: A quite serious question

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03-Aug-10, 16:24
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Hi,

I think it's fine. I've done a review which uses all sorts of methodologies because there's so little on my subject I have to grab every scrap I could find. I think Lincoln and Guba would be fine as long as you can justify it. I'm using the CASP guidelines because they provide guidelines for all sorts of designs and I do NHS research and they were developed by an NHS affiliated body blah blah blah. So, even though I think they can be a bit rubbish (especially for qualitative, the only type they feel the need to assess the "ethical issues" as part of the appraisal. Because RCTs don't have any right????) they fit in a pragmatic way with my intended readership.

I hope that makes sense but I'm in the countdown to submission so very little I say makes sense at the moment!

Good luck and take care.

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Thread: Paid to do a PhD

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29-Jul-10, 20:57
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Quote From badhaircut:

PhDs may not consider DClinPsy's real doctors, but if we compare my ex-girlfriend who has one and is currently on a permanant 40k salary at age 32 (with room to move up), compared to the route I had to take in academic psychology as a post doc (28k with no security) I know which I would rather prefer.

I know one lucky sod who trained with her even managed to get a lecturers post at Oxford Uni on the strength of his DClinPsy, a year and a half after handing in his thesis.


ah ha! you've just revealed my game plan!!!

Thread: Paid to do a PhD

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29-Jul-10, 16:50
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Do you get to be a "real" doctor if you do a phd and a dclinpsy?

I'm handing my phd in and starting my dclinpsy this year.

This makes me laugh because dclinpsy people think phd-ers are a bit ridiculous and I research in health with medics (not all of whom have phds) so I'm used to people competing for who is the real doctor!

Thread: Why does no one ask me questions at conferences?!

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17-Jul-10, 19:14
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Hi,

People never ask questions about my PhD research (they used to about my previous stuff though). I'm almost positive that it's because of where I present it, that is, it doesn't really fit in anywhere perfectly. I present to relevant people but it's a bit on the outskirts. Perhaps you might find this is the case with your research?

I hope that makes sense. I'm in the hardcore writing up period (submission in September) and I'm very aware that I don't make a lot of sense about non-thesis things at the moment.

Take care

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Thread: how long to transcribe interviews

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16-May-10, 19:31
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Hi 404

So, I was told for every hour it takes between 6 and 8 hours. Very much dependent on the quality of the recording, the depth of the data and the equipment you're using.

I started out around 10 hours and have now got it down to about 5 hours.

I've never done video transcriptions but I'd say you'll be done in a (working) day and a half.

Good luck

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ps - Caramel digestives help!!!

Thread: racism by prospective employers?

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18-Mar-10, 12:03
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A little bit of a different situation but I'm from the UK (as are my parents, grandparents etc) and I have a very French name (both my first name and last name) but it's never caused me any problems.

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Thread: THE article - funding only for top Universities?

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08-Jan-10, 13:04
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Thought this article might be of interest to people on here...

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=409867&c=2

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Thread: Confessions of a PhD student...

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10-Dec-09, 09:17
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posted about 11 years ago
Quote From walminskipeasucker:

I've discovered that female PhD students also have a crush on Kevin Spacey (you've got no chance there) and Ben Goldacre.


I maintain my love for Dr Goldacre.

Grrrr...

Thread: Writing for Journals With BSc

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19-Nov-09, 16:47
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posted about 11 years ago
I have friends who published from their PhD.

Huge congratulations that you're up to publication standard. My BSc dissertation was terrible!

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Thread: What should I do?

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18-Nov-09, 20:07
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posted about 11 years ago
That's a difficult situation.

How are you doing now?

Did you speak to any health professionals about your depression? You could be in a bit of a pickle because most Doctors will only write a note if they've actually seen you however, with something like depression where understandably you might not be able to attend because of your symptoms they may be more sympathetic. I would talk to your GP. Explain your situation. Most GPs are fairly understanding.

If they say no, own up. I would strongly advise against a false note. If you got caught, I would worry that your funders would consider it fraud and then it could be more than just a moral and ethical dilemma.

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Thread: How clever are you?

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18-Nov-09, 20:00
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I would say that I'm not particularly clever. I got average a levels, an average degree and an average masters. I have no idea what my IQ is. So what? I'm good at research.

My otherwise lovely boyfriend insists on telling me every few months or so how he has a really high IQ and the reason he was such a waster at school (threatened with expulsion from more than one school) was because he wasn't stretched. I have known him for almost a decade and lived with him for 4 years on and off and I have to say, he's just like all my friends.

I completely agree that it's about what you do with it.

And I hate people whining on about IQs. There are soooooooooo many issues with IQ tests!

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Thread: Stats question: how to report "E1" numbers??

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18-Nov-09, 19:24
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posted about 11 years ago
Thanks for asking the question Montezuma! I'm having exactly the same issue!

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