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Thread: Unemployed PhD

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29-Apr-19, 13:11
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Well I don't think you should do teacher training if your heart isn't in it. And I think you just need to accept that the university was stringing you on and let it go. We are often far more loyal to an employer than they ever would be to us and universities are no exception to that rule. The casualisation of university teaching is a real issue in the sector.

Are you geographically tied? It seems a bit of a leap from lecturing to retail and so I wondered whether you might be in a small university town where those are the options. If so is there any chance of that changing? It seems to me that you need to think about what your skills are and what jobs that might lead towards and see where those opportunities are.

Thread: Third master's as part of 1+3 studentship: career suicide?

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29-Apr-19, 12:55
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Social scientist here - unusual to have three masters but not as problematic as trying to do a social science PhD without knowing anything about social science theories and methods if you hope for an academic career in the field. It's quite common for social scientists to have two masters because of the ESRC rule so it wouldn't stand out that much anyway. And remember you'd be competing with people who've gone through the N American PhD system which has years of coursework before the thesis, so you need to be able to offer more than the narrow topic of your thesis. Another tip - you say interdisciplinary but you might want to decide what subject you're aiming at so you ensure your publications, teaching and networking align. The danger is otherwise you end up not fitting anywhere.

Thread: Masters degree worst experience of my life

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18-Apr-19, 18:05
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I remember your earlier posts and just wanted to say that I'm glad you took everyone's advice to do the dissertation to get the Masters. Good luck with finding a job in a field more to your taste!

Thread: Revisions accepted without further review?

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18-Apr-19, 18:03
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Yes if it was an accept with minor corrections decision, often the editor will decide. If it was R&R then in my field at least, it goes back to the reviewers.

Thread: Just a moan...

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18-Apr-19, 18:00
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I really wouldn't start without funding especially with a child to support. I think your second supervisor is right to advise waiting for the next round of RC funding. A tutoring job is unlikely to bring in enough to live on unless you teach so many classes that you won't have time to do the PhD. I wouldn't be too envious of the English doctoral loans either; it's not actually anywhere near enough to live on after the fees are paid, so you need a job or support from somewhere else too. Why not ask to defer your place for a year, work to get a cushion of more savings and apply to every funding source you can during the full cycle?

Thread: ORCID

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14-Mar-19, 13:27
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You have to be honest on publications anyway so no real downsides. Once you set it up, it updates itself (assuming you're publishing in indexed journals).

Thread: ORCID

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13-Mar-19, 13:31
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It's very useful if you have a commonly used name as it means your publications can be quickly identified. My university wants all academic staff to use it.

Thread: Is it possible to switch from full-time to part-time 1 year into an EPSRC funded PhD?

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25-Feb-19, 20:42
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It's more whether the EPSRC allows it unless you plan to jettison their funding? Can't imagine your supervisor being thrilled though.

Thread: Going to the nowhere Help

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23-Feb-19, 23:23
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Please get some medical help urgently. That's the single most important thing to do.

Thread: Help- dealing with supervisor issues in final year

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23-Feb-19, 23:16
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You mention a thesis committee chair, which makes me think you're probably not in the UK. I can see for example if her grant funded your work, why you might be obliged to give her data and notes, and it might be that the university rules require her to sign off on your thesis in your system. But could you just forget the personalities here and view her as 'anonymous reviewer 2' - the one who you inwardly groan at when you get article reviews but under the annoyance has made a useful point? That way you get what you admit would be useful feedback. it sounds like otherwise you are headed for a battle with your thesis committee chair and that just strikes me as one you don't need the stress of at the moment. Particularly if you are in the US/Canada where letters of recommendation seem to have a massive weight on the job market.

Thread: Advice on quitting Masters

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23-Feb-19, 23:06
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If you have passed all semester 1, you probably have 60 credits or 30 ECTS already which if you did decide to walk away would get you a p/g certificate in marketing. If you could manage another semester but not the dissertation, then you'd get a p/g diploma. In other words, you wouldn't walk away with nothing. Definitely let a tutor know that you are feeling overwhelmed. You could perhaps interrupt your studies either now or before the dissertation to give yourself a break. But please don't feel it's a disaster - just ask for help.

Thread: MA not suited to PhD application?

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23-Feb-19, 22:57
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I doubt the module variety would be an issue but lack of skills might be. I assume as you mention them that you'd need palaeography and codiology to do your proposed topic? If so, given how hard it is to get AHRC funding, it might be worth seeing if anywhere would let you do some stand alone modules to get the basics before you apply. This for example looks useful: https://www.history.ac.uk/research-training/browse/language-and-palaeography
I don't think the AHRC offer 1+3 studentships as that would have been ideal in this scenario. Do you have supervisors in mind that you could ask for advice? They'd probably know what others in a similar situation have done. I am taking it for granted that you will be applying for funding - if self-funding pick a university that teaches those things and audit the classes in your first year. But the way things are I'd avoid self-funding if at all possible (unless you're very wealthy).

Thread: The outcome of a viva was a resubmission

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18-Feb-19, 23:02
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Realistically if you were expecting major revisions (9 months) then the next worst outcome is not surprising. You'd already been told your thesis had major problems by your supervisors. There is nothing in your original post that actually evidences unfair treatment. You need to take a few days and see if the report actually fits with the criticisms your supervisors already had. Frankly if you're told to expect 9 months you shouldn't be shocked.

Thread: Please help - considering formal complaint against University.

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04-Feb-19, 15:19
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I'm not sure what you would be making a formal complaint about unless I'm missing something? A lot of this seems to be about you not following up on things like the MA dissertation supervision by arranging a meeting. I'd be inclined to chase up an undergraduate but I'd expect a postgraduate to be more independent than that. And for example to ask specific questions like 'where are funded PhDs advertised' rather than waiting for someone to tell you. Or is it that you dispute the fact that the other student had a higher mark than you and want to claim bias in the process? You do know that most people don't get any funding at all and that you were never guaranteed a funded place at the MA institution?

In terms of the tweet, probably not your most inspired move, as it made you look jealous of those who did get funding, which is never a good look. Probably it soon will be forgotten though. If you put in a rather unsubstantiated complaint though, that will be remembered.

Thread: Feeling totally defeated

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04-Feb-19, 15:03
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Quote From cloudofash:
Hi Nesrine,
I am in my final year now so I dont yet have the experience. However, just reading about the experiences of others (and obviously witnessing this myself) I have decided to leave academia.
Academia is much more unfair environment. They would retain many more great people, if they would appreciate people's hard work and talent. I am done with it.

So please dont feel like a failure if you do go elsewhere. It might be the best thing you have ever done....


To be fair any environment where there are more people who want to work in it, than there are jobs, is going to be highly competitive and feel very unfair to those who miss out. Academia is far from alone in that. I have a friend who is an actor - the horror stories he's told me make academia look cuddly.

Nesrine though I forgot to mention something. You said you hadn't any friends in academia although you had some highly placed supporters. Are there opportunities for you to network with your peers in your current circumstances either in real life or online? That was something else that I found very helpful in keeping perspective about things. Professional subject associations often have graduate//early career groups that can be very supportive (for my subject at least) and have resources / training / small amounts of funding too that can make a difference in keeping going.
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