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Get out now. Hopefully you are not married to him. If you are - get divorced quick.
Get out, or you will be in for years and years of misery and being blamed by him - for his behaviour.
If you stay - you will have constant misery, constant poverty, constantly have to watch to see what he is doing. Drunks are also terrible liars. You will never have an easy day.
Good luck with this. I have a day off work as I have just been to the dentist a couple of hours ago to get a tooth out! - which is why I am posting at this odd time. Flossing is something I do often - I believe it reduces your chance of heart attack? Will have a look at the questionnaire. Hope it goes well.
I would second what Dr Jeckyll said above.
Keep going. Try not to let this person annoy you. 18 months will go quicker than you think. Try to break it into shorter blocks of time, and give yourself small rewards eg a day out, a trip to see a show, at the end of every month for sticking with it..
Hi Electric Wizard
With a 2.2 and a merit at Masters Level, you have already done extremely well.
Re Job seeking - the majority of non-public sector jobs are never advertised. The 'hidden jobs market' has got to be added to your 'search list'. Networking can be useful.
You may have already done this .... have you tried reviewing firms you would like to work for, and sending them your CV (and cover letter)? Both CV and letter have got to be focused so you stress why you really want to work for that particular firm.
Many people (me included) are not good at interviews. Can you arrange some practice interviews with local careers people? These mock interviews can also be videoed - so you can see strengths and weaknesses. The more you practice interviews the better you become.
Re teaching maths - how about volunteering as an adult numeracy/literacy tutor? You do not get paid, but you do get experience, which can come in handy afterwards. Most councils/colleges who run literacy and numeracy schemes also provide certification qualifications for their tutors...useful to you and useful to your CV. You can also get a better insight into whether teaching would suit you.
Re getting that PhD .....it does not have to be done straight away. People do them in their 30's, 40's 50's etc. Sometimes actually having a PhD does not improve your job prospects. If you were working in a steady job, as opposed to some jobs in academia (which are far from permanent), it also means you are not depending on getting funding. It can be easier to get on to a PhD program if you are paying your own way. There is nothing wrong with doing a PhD part time!
It depends on the conditions. A lot of Universities are only offering part time - fixed term contracts. With Accounting you will have the possibility of working in the private sector - which may offer better pay and conditions. Have a good look round before making your decision.
You have been unfortunate to get such a bad supervisor. Quite a lot of supervisors should not be in their jobs, they are unsuitable. But there are bad managers everywhere.
I would not let this one person get you down. Is there a student counseling service at your University that you could visit.? Talking things over with an impartial outsider can be useful.
In your own interests - keep any e-mails and other communications that you receive from this individual. He is clearly acting in an unprofessional manner. They could be useful later.
It could be an idea to get the MPHIL and transfer to another PhD program later on, maybe in a different University. This is a decision for you to talk over with other people you trust. But do not let one inadequate supervisor get you down.
At the moment - it would be difficult to get into teaching. However, as other posters have said - you could try a second - part time degree. In some cases you could perhaps get onto the second year of a three year course. You lose nothing by asking.
Is the Open University or distance learning a prospect for you? That way you can keep on working. If you did a closely related course, you would probably find things much easier second time round. Sometimes circumstances are not right the first time, a second try can bring much better results.
Also, are you really determined to be a teacher? There are other jobs. Many teachers do not actually enjoy their jobs. In addition, there is a fair bit of corruption in the recruitment for that profession. Maybe there is for all professions, but in education it can be very much 'who you know'.
There are people doing PhDs in their 50's, 60's and probably later. It is do-able. I would not rely on any outside source of finance though - grants are like snow in summer. You will almost certainly have to finance yourself - so a part time PhD is indicated. As a mature student you will have advantages - but you will need to keep on working.
Choice of topic will be essential - it would have to be something you are really, really interested in.
It depends on why you want to do a course. Is it for interest - or to improve your career prospects?
If for career prospects - you need to seriously consider what the job situation is like where you live - if you are free to travel to where jobs are etc.
In Britain for example - I think there are not many jobs available in International Relations.
How many languages do you speak? That could be significant
I am considering doing a second MSc - this time in Urban Geography - or some closely related subject.
As part of preparation - I think it would be useful to start reading some related thesis - (no I am not planning to copy!)
Is there any particular organisation/university I could enrol with, in order to download related papers/thesis.
Money is a serious consideration - so it would have to be for no or minimal charge.
Does anyone know how I could go about this?
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