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I agree as well. I attended a conference last month and watched those in their 2nd and 3rd year present their work, along with academics and i so wanted to present something even if i am just 3 months in! I wanted to because i had just obtained some very ground breaking results and wanted to share this. I got my wish to present but it wasn't my work. A coleauge of mine was supposed to present his but could not make it. His supervisor asked me if i could present it and i took the challenge even if i did not know the exact details but the basics and background of the work.
You're right in a way. The first year is mainly gaining ground and finding your feet. At the moment i am working on something that isn't in my proposal, although it is vital to achieving the overall aim of my research. I think after a while you get to know the specific area that are worth pursuing and the rest just leave behind (or becomes less important)
I think there's always something out there for you to read- that'll be of some importance. I've been doing some reading but i would say not a lot (i know i need to!) Saying this, i have just got a 200 page basic electromagnetic design material to go through
My academic supervisor more or less accepts what i give to him with no qualms, except there's something importnat missing and he tells me to go add that. My industrial supervisor is more direct and almost never accepts anything on the first submission but sends me back to get it corrected. I think i prefer a more direct approach as it pushes me to work harder.
When i started i was really worried that i had no clue of what i was doing ( still do :) ) and a bit more worried where my originality content was going to come from. I am beginning to do a bit more practical work now and gaining some knowledge, at least while looking at what has been done in my field.
Wow, it is really interesting reading your experiences. Please keep 'em coming.
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