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Thread: Am I screwed? :( A year in, still zero motivation, not happy with progression...

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20-Aug-18, 09:22
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Hi CadmiumRed19. I am sorry you are going through this. I think I know exactly how do you especially "It's just me sat staring at a screen on my own day in day out." I had this feeling for 5 years and ended up without a PhD.
You have a real issue. Do not listen to people who say, it is normal. Our PhD was like this the first year and it gets better. You seem somehow like me. I am never good without particular tasks and deadlines. Also "PhD is about self motivation and independant research" is just blablabla. There are good supervisors and bad supervisors. What would have suited you is a pushy supervisor.
Now what to do? I think you need to talk to your supervisor. Take tasks and deadlines from him. Work efficient. If your effective working hours are 4 a day, this will be fine. When you start something, set a timer, let us say 20 min so you work 20 min without leaving desk or looking at facebook, etc.
If you find it really impossible, quitting the PhD is an option exactly like divorce is an option. If you quit after 18 monthes, better than leaving after 4 years without a PhD.
I wish things work out for you but they won't without a big change from you and the PhD environment.

Thread: Mphil scenario

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17-Aug-18, 11:39
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:

Would you say she is the exception rather than the rule?
If it's not for the development and learning, then what is the point?

Hi. I would like to participate in the discussion. Of course not all PhD graduates learn the same. In a score from 1 to 10 some really learn 8 or 9. Some have like 4 journals and 15 conference papers in a three year period, really. But what if you learn 4 or 5? This was not what you have expected and hoped for sure. But it is never too late. You can try to choose a good Postdoc job and try as much to avoid what caused you to learn 5/10. Try to benefit 9/10 this time. it is not the end. It has only 3 years in your long research career and they were good, not perfect but let us look forward.

In my personal experience, I know when I had a bad experience in my job that it was 50% my fault. Now in my current job I try to change my bad habits so I feel I benefit much more.
So if you choose a better environment for Postdoc role and add to what you have already gained, you may have a better experience in your next move.

Thread: Where to do my PhD Studies?

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17-Aug-18, 08:17
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:

And us Brits are a friendly bunch on average!

Hi. This is absolutely true. The image of Brits outside is totally wrong. You don't realise the value of the UK before you go there.
One important thing in assessing the supervisor and the PhD. The supervisor interaction with you. Will he the kind of pushy and asks every day what are doing or will he leaves you alone with minimal or no guidance? And to assess which quality is good and which is bad, are you the kind of person who works effectively independant (because I am personally not)? So if you need someone to push you, do not go with the supervisor with minimal interaction and the opposite is true if you work better independently.

Thread: Where to do my PhD Studies?

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16-Aug-18, 10:09
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Because you should plan now what to do after PhD. Would you like to continue working in the same country that you do your PhD? I know I may sound pragmatic but this is important. If you wanna get a PhD and do not care where to go after, it is fine. But let's say you wanna continue in the UK or Austria, then it would be important to assess the situation in terms of work permit availability for people who obtained PhD there.
For my case I went to Germany to do a PhD because I thought all Europe is the same, but I still regret leaving the UK. So if you look for a "new home" country, think carefully.

Thread: Where to do my PhD Studies?

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16-Aug-18, 07:49
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posted about 1 year ago
Hi Loubigher,
Are you a non EU citizen? If so you have to take into consideration what to do and where to work after PhD. This will have a huge impact on your decision.

Thread: Where to do my PhD Studies?

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15-Aug-18, 14:29
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Hi Loubigher. First congratulations. It is nice to have a PhD offer.
I agree with you that it is frustrating to have sevral choices. I personally like when I have a good offer and the others do not contact me. It is confusing and depressing (for some people).
I would normally recommend taking the Loughborough offer. The PhD in the UK is somehow structured and there is a panel meeting and most PhD students quit with a PhD. In my experience in Germany (I assume it will be somehow similar in Austria), the PhD supervisor has the ultimate power. He can pass you even if your work is not good but ofcourse can't fail you if you have published in journals for example.
If your work is OK but not brilliant like most PhD students, then your supervisor (who by the way is also your examiner), has the power to pass or fail you.
The PhD and also professional environment in Germany is not very professional. It depends to a large extent on personal views. In the UK, most professors are working professionally.
Ofcourse things expected to get even more personal and non professional in China.

Thread: Mphil scenario

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15-Aug-18, 11:26
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Hi Tudor_Queen,
I am sorry for saying meaningless. I know it is valuable. I put it between brackets to imply that ambitious persons like you always underestimate their work. Some people will see always their work as meaningless even if they win a noble Prize.
I can see your reasoning. Although I won't recommend going for MPhil but I can see some logic in what you say.
If you eventually decided for an MPhil, the most important is not to wait long before looking for a good PhD. Not long IMO means 1-2 years.

Thread: PgD or MSc?

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15-Aug-18, 09:41
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It is a postgraduate qualification. But to be honest, the MSc value is much more valuable than PgD. The MSc credit is 1.5 times the PgD but its value is at least 4 times the value of PgD.

Thread: Mphil scenario

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15-Aug-18, 09:35
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Hi all. I agree totally with pm133 two points.
Another point. Do you know what is worse than spending 3 years doing "meaningless" research and get a PhD ?
It is spending 3 years doing "meaningless" research and NOT get a PhD.

Thread: Dealing with "sexism" in the lab

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15-Aug-18, 08:09
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Hi MyWorld. I am sorry to hear that. I think confronting your mentor won't make things better because dealing with him became impossible anyway. I suggest that you raise the issue with director of graduate study as you said and be firm and persist that it is for you impossible to continue in this lab.
If things went really bad and nothing has changed, you can make a formal complaint. I know it sounds crazy and you are afraid of losing everything. But sometimes if you stay afraid of something and do not deal with it, you are being tortured and eventually your worst fears come true.

Thread: Mphil scenario

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14-Aug-18, 10:02
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Hi. I would tell you shortly my experience. I had MSc in UK and went for RA role also in UK. It was not possible to do a PhD during my RA role because then I had to pay the difference between Home/EU international fees (about 9000 Pounds a year). So I continued my RA role for about 2 year. I have visited a conference and when I met other PhD students there, I felt sad because I was neither a PhD or a Postdoc. Actually to work in academia, you should have a PhD otherwise you would be different (like Wolwitz in Big bang theory :) )
Anyway, I went for an RA role in Germany and started a PhD at the same time. It is quite common here and many PhD students are paid well as RAs. When I went to a conference this time, I felt "equal" to PhD students from other universities. It was nice not to feel less. Unfortunately, things did not go well in my PhD and after 5 years my contract was not extended and I left to industry without a PhD but this is another story.
What I am afraid of, you feel bad and regret giving away a good chance for the romantic hope to have intellectual freedom after several years. Also your urge for a PhD may cause you to choose a subject which is not your favourite. You may end up with a bad supervisor. A lot of possibilities. I like taking risks but only if the odds are high for a good outcome. But taking this risk, I really do not recommend.

Thread: To present or not present (almost the same conference presentation)

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14-Aug-18, 08:02
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Hi. The two papers should present different things. They may have somehow the same theory but lead to different results. Or you may have a concept and the concept is verified by two different experiments. I would not recommmend repeating most of the paper in two conferences.

Thread: Mphil scenario

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14-Aug-18, 08:00
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Hi Tudor_Quuen. I am sorry that things did not go as expected during your PhD. I will try to answer your questions.
Good references are very helpful in securing RA roles. But be aware that some RA roles are not that often like Postdoc. Having not completed a PhD is not a good sign for considering you for a new PhD but I would say your chances are still not bad especially if you publish a couple of papers.
I know this is not your question but I cannot help not saying it. If you got RA role, you will also not chance of freedom in research. THere is a high chance that you regret submitting MPhil. You are still at the beginning of an academic career and your PhD is not expected to be perfect. If you see other colleagues or Postdocs who have lower quality PhDs than you would have had, you will feel sorry for yourself.
So please think again. I am afraid this step can make you quit academic career at one point.

Thread: PgD or MSc?

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13-Aug-18, 15:59
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posted about 1 year ago
hi. I would recommend carrying out the remaining MSc courses and get the degree. I think it will help you having better opportunities.

Thread: Unsure about career prospects after finishing PhD this year

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12-Aug-18, 22:33
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posted about 1 year ago
30 is too old? Are you kidding? Why do you care about the age of other graduates?
Anyway, just write an honest well written cover letter for jobs you like. Once you have a kick start, the wheel will turn on. Good luck.
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