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Mind you, on the up side for anyone planning a seaside trip, they've been rebuilding the promenade and the sea defences over the last couple of years and (if they ever finish it) it'll be a big improvement.
Anyway, I must make myself go to bed and stop nattering on this forum now. Thanks again to everone who offered me advice today. Goodnight!
Oh and by the way Lara - thanks for the tip about allowing oneself to "make a mess". I had a go at that today and it seems to have taken the pressure off a little. I definitely feel as though I've worried less and worked more - which is a very big relief.
If Smilodon is right, I agree, don't be put off if your undergraduate degree isn't great. Y've got loads of working experience by the sounds of it, which counts for a lot. Just go for it and keep on applying until you find a uni who wants you. It might take more than one try, but I think you've got everything you need to get a place. Don't be afraid to go for funding either - you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Yes, they will look closely at all your qualifications and experience.
Also, just in case this applies to you, if you want to study at a university in the UK and English is not your first language, they will want you to prove that your English language skills are up to the task.
Sounds to me as if the only thing you lack is confidence. As long as your PhD is Computer Science related, I don't think you'll have a problem finding a place. The key thing, once you've isolated a likely university, is to put together a decent proposal.
Most university websites provide a list of people to contact informally with regards to doing a PhD. Even if you haven't had helpful experiences in the past, I'd urge to email a few, outlining who you are, what you've done and your ideas. Somewhere along the line, you will find someone who'll give helpful feedback.
If they've already given it to someone else there's not much you can gain other than an apology. However, I would email and express your disappointment, if only in the hope that in future it may encourage them not do the same thing to someone else.
Very unfortunate for you. I'd be annoyed too.
Thanks so much for all your responses - I really appreciate them all and there are a few things mentioned which wouldn't have occurred to me. I think I'll try swimming - I do have a tendency be a bit lazy physically so maybe it would help.
(Golfpro, I spend quite a lot of time in sunny Blackpool actually... as my mother lives there!)
Hi, I've noticed that when I sit down and work on my PhD, I've started to experience a physical feeling of dread like something flipping over in my stomach. This doesn't stop me, but it does bring me down and is making the whole thing doubly difficult. Although my work has never been a laugh a minute, I didn't used to feel so low about it. I'd really like to try and get a bit of positivity going on in my brain before it gets any worse. Would be grateful for any ideas.
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