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Thread: Disagreement with supervisor about a journal paper

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30-Oct-18, 14:02
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Hi rewt. Your topic is not typically posted here but I think it is a quite common problem.
Let me start by telling me my experience. I worked with two supervisors/PIs. Supervisor1 pushes to publish and believes that what you have is sufficient. Supervisor2 prefers to do more experiments and put more theory and publish in a higher ranked conference or journal. Personally I found supervisor1 approach is better because it led to a better publications output at the end.
Do you intend to put more data to target a higher ranked conference or journal or just to increase your chances of acceptance? If you want only to increase your chances, then listen to your supervisor. She knows better how much is sufficient. Also the six months waiting is something that you should take into consideration. I had a paper submitted to a journal and after back and forth for a year and a half, it was accepted by another smaller journal. There is also a chance that you prepare more material after submission. This material might be useful for the corrections asked by the reviewers.

Thread: Messed up masters big time - options?

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29-Oct-18, 10:14
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posted about 3 months ago
Hi LS932,
I am sorry for what you have been through. I am not an expert in academia but I would like to show my support to you. We all make mistakes. You are not the only sinner in academia. There should be a rehab time also in academia.

Thread: Leaving banking job to do a Phd Economics for a career in academia?

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29-Oct-18, 10:02
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3- There is a high possiblity that you won't work in academia because of the limited opportunities and limited funding. You might go for a role similar to yours after spending 4-5 year of research
My opinion:
Hope for the best, but be ready for the "not very bad" to come. If you could not secure an academic role, accept some role which includes some research and development. If you did a PhD and then got a job similar to yours, do not regret it. Corporate jobs are always there and what could 4-5 years have added to you if you stayed in your job? After 15 years, you would have 10 years experience and a PhD instead of 15 years experience, so what?
Try to do the transition smoothly. Look for a funded PhD that guarantees paying your rent and bills. You do not have to live in luxury but do not go for starving.
Do not think too much that I have used to earn xxxx. I had a nice office. Just get your hand dirty in the academia and enjoy it.
I personally do not regret my decision but somehow I believe I could have reeacted better to some situations and I could have worked harder but this all you can avoid.
I wish you the best and would recommend "proceed but with caution"

Thread: Leaving banking job to do a Phd Economics for a career in academia?

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29-Oct-18, 09:51
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Hi Beth. I have done something not similar to what you want to do but somehow relevant. I was doing a corporate job for 6 years then decided to do MSc to work either in academia or industry but with more research and development role. I felt what I was doing back then is not what I want to do until the end of my career. My story is not a brilliant successful one but I would tell you shortly the pros and cons of leaving your stable job for the hope and ambitious of doing something you like
Pros:
1- If you are a passionate person, follow your passion no matter what. Not making a decision is already a big decision. You will definitely regret you didn't do it. But if you went for a PhD, you "may" regret or not.
2- Nothing is really stable in the world. Your job looks stable but what would you do if someday you are placed under a horrible boss and terrible colleagues? You might quit your job by "your own will"
3- Life short. Stable jobs do not bring happiness neither good salaries. Also working in academia won't bring happiness. So do what you want at least not to feel sorry (point 1)
Cons:
1- You might not be as successful as you hoped for. You might be an average PhD student (which in my opinion is absolutely fine) but you might not produce the "brilliant" research output we all expected before starting
2- Securing a stable academic role is tough. Typically you have to jump in a few Postdoc roles each of 1-3 years. I do not have statistics but I think from my basic observations that it might take 6-10 years after PhD to secure an academic role (either research officer or lecturer). You should be also flexible about the city.
- To be continued ...

Thread: Feeling so detached from my PhD

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27-Oct-18, 20:54
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posted about 3 months ago
Hi. The situation might not be as bad as you see it. Two good points, great supervisor and she likes you. Supervisors do not tend to "like" easily. So take a moment and believe you are not doing bad. I am also not the marathon runner style. If you and your supervisor understand this well, the strategy you do is in deed a good one.
I do not have a golden solution to the detachment issue. But I think more self confidence might help. For the field work, you do whatever is possible. The needed number is not a holy one. Just do what you can and most PhD theses do not include the "planned optimistic" results.

Thread: Leaving MSc with PGDip

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25-Oct-18, 20:35
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I am sorry for being somehow cold and rude. But again. My opinion is to continue. I think I am also entitled to write my opinion either way the readers like it or not.

Thread: Asking Masters supervisor for potential PhD supervision... but also a reference?

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25-Oct-18, 16:23
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Hi. I knew some Master student asked their supervisors to do a PhD with him. Some of them ended doing PhD with him (fingers crossed). Others were told there is no funding (maybe the supervisors did not have funding or simply did not want them). If you have a good relationship with supervisor (or even a "not bad" one), I would recommend to ask for a PhD with him/her. If he/she said there is no funding, then ask if you can put him as a reference in your application. Moreover, ask him to recommend other potential supervisors. The key in all this, is the worst that can happen if you ask is similar to the result if you do not ask.

Thread: Leaving MSc with PGDip

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25-Oct-18, 13:09
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Hi. You have already posted with another account the situation "Should I quit my masters degree?". Do you need an honest answer or a validation of your desire to quit? It is nonsense. Is 30 years the age of retire or what? Do you have a guarantee you won't be hit by unemployment at the age of 40 or 50? Move on. finish your MSc and look for a job.
Good luck

Thread: Do you include a "blurb" at the top of your CV?

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24-Oct-18, 10:47
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posted about 3 months ago
Good luck. In this case, the most important is education history (starting with PhD of course). You may later go to career adviser for future improvement of the job application

Thread: Do you include a "blurb" at the top of your CV?

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24-Oct-18, 07:43
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Hi. I think it goes in the cover letter. I would recommend you to meet with career advisor in uni. They helped me to filter out irrelevant stuff in my CV.
Another tip. Put your most attractive stuff first. For example your paper might be before work experience if you do not have much experience and so on.

Thread: holidays and immigration

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06-Oct-18, 17:44
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Hi. I am not expert and have not encountered such situation. But here some general observations.
Border control is very unlikely to calculate the total number of vacations days (winter, summer and easter). There is a possible risk if you take very long one (such as 10 weeks in one shot). If you take 4 weeks in summer and 3 weeks in christmas and 3 weeks in easter, I think no body really cares. If you go for a vacation for weeks, I think your supervisor should know. If there is no critical reason for you to take long vacations, do not do it. Do not take like 16 weeks instead of 8 weeks, I think 10 weeks would be fine.

Thread: Advice!

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02-Oct-18, 13:40
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posted about 3 months ago
Hello. I am sorry that you had this bad experience. Let's divide the situation into two issues:
First, your defense. In Germany, when your supevisor accepts that you submit the thesis formally, you have passed your PhD by a chance of 90%. So I would say to you "partially congratulations". Now what you can do is to try to prepare your self technicaly for the defense. Ask other PhD graduates in same institute. Prepare your presentation. Go there with the attitude that you know you will pass. Do not be afraid to say I do not know. If they said, would it better to do xxx instead of yyy, say you may be right. Actually in Germany the defense is some kind of ceremony. One might fail but only rarely and if things went very bad. So do your best and you will pass.
In the unlikely event that you do not pass, I would say in Germany nothing serious could be done against institute. The PIs have the ultimate power. So do not put too much hope on sueing them.

Thread: Advice

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02-Oct-18, 09:04
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posted about 3 months ago
I think the best way is to google and you will find someone

Thread: Advice

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02-Oct-18, 07:49
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posted about 3 months ago
There must be some Master courses on the topic. Also you have the online courses like coursera or MIT courses.

Thread: Quality of PhD graduates

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01-Oct-18, 13:43
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posted about 3 months ago
What would you try to say? You personally dislike a person and want to characterise her as an evil. She did everything bad and wrong. So what? Is what you say making you happier? I do not think so. Just move on and concentrate on your study/work and forget about her and you will be fine.
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