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Thread: Minimum Wage After English PhD

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18-Oct-19, 15:54
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posted about 2 months ago
Hi. I am very sorry to hear this. Life is not fair. I do not have a magic solution but I feel your pain and encourage you to apply more and try to take courses of the required skills and document them in your CV. Look for online courses and write them in the CV and apply with confidence with your heads high. I am sure your day will come. I wish it comes sooner than expected.

Thread: Is there any point in writing up for an Mphil if you already have a masters?

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17-Oct-19, 13:57
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hi. I have assumed you do not need to have more data or experiments. How far are you in writing? Is the situation really that bad?
There is no "standard" definition for the quality of a PhD. Is it publications? novelty? You might be surprised when you read some PhD theses in terms of quality and original research.
If the situation might be not that bad that you think. If so, sacrifice some time and submit the best possible concrete thesis aiming for a PhD and then who knows? There is an examination panel who decides.

Thread: Is it worth appealing?

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15-Oct-19, 11:35
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I agree with TQ. Why not? I do not have statistics but the chances of appeals to be accepted is not particularly high. Just do not put too much hope and while doing it, look forward search for a job and assess the situation in one year or so. At this time, you would have known if you want (need) to do a PhD or not.

Thread: I'm starting a PhD but the position I was waiting for just came out

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14-Oct-19, 12:36
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posted about 2 months ago
Glad to hear that your start is happy. Congratulations and wish you to achieve your goals.

Thread: PhD pulling us into different worlds

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08-Oct-19, 11:07
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Hi. It is apparent that you feel some jealousy. You mentioned you had higher marks than him. You feel if someone of you would go further in education to do a PhD, this one should have been you. Jealousy controls us sometimes, but we have to fight it back.
Two things you could do. First, do you really love your corporate “real” job? You do not have to be super excited about it but at least you should know if this the path you want to pursue. There are pros and cons for doing a PhD. If you are well convinced that academia is not for you, then accept what you have or look for another job but try not to undermine people who are doing research in academia. Look at it as two different paths leading to two different goals with the ultimate goal is career/financial/social satisfaction.
Secondly and most importantly, you are not competing with anyone in general and your boyfriend in particular. His career satisfaction is vital to a successful relationship. Do not think you have to be better than him. Furthermore, one or both of you will encounter setbacks at career. What would do then if you have a setback and he is progressing well? Would it better that both of you suffer than one suffers and the other supports him/her?
Again, we all feel jealous at some point but we have to fight this bad feeling like fighting other bad habits.

Thread: Failed viva

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05-Oct-19, 20:37
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posted about 2 months ago
I am sorry that you had to go through this. Unfortunately I doubt the university would change the supervisor too. For them you are a burden who they would like to get rid off. Even your desk and computer they would try to take back as soon as possible. Try to get help from Postdocs or secondary supervisors but at the same time do your best to finish. I wish everything goes well soon.

Thread: I'm starting a PhD but the position I was waiting for just came out

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05-Oct-19, 20:31
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If you want to apply for the new PhD then do it. But if I were you, I would prefer to concentrate on what I have. If things with my current position do not go well, then I would start looking for alternatives.

Thread: Working whilst doing PhD

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25-Sep-19, 12:22
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posted about 3 months ago
I do not have this experience but I think it should be OK. Probably 18 hours is too much. Most importantly, do not waste your valuable hours. If you spend 20 hours at PhD work, concentrate and spend 20 efficient hours not just hanging around like some PhD students. do.

Thread: possible outcomes of minor corrections

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25-Sep-19, 08:45
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posted about 3 months ago
I agree with the above comments. Only if you really ignored the corrections in a bad way. I think "genuine effort" would be appreciated in 99% of the cases.

Thread: PhD Fellowship is lower than I was told

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25-Sep-19, 08:42
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posted about 3 months ago
Hi. Sorry to hear that. I understand what rewt said about PhD salaries in the UK. It is terrible but this is why many decide to do a PhD in continental Europe. 1450 Euro seems a bit reasonable. Moreover it was agreed already. Putting salary in assessment criteria is not something you should be ashamed of. You have already gone from 2200 to 1450. It is absolutely your right to be financially "OK" during the next 3-5 years. Otherwise it might affect your progress. Now you can ask your PI if there is a way to include additional compensation. Sometimes they hire students in a part time project and give them extra money.

Thread: At what stage do you approach potential supervisors?

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23-Sep-19, 08:48
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posted about 3 months ago
Being self funded is a great advantage. Funding is the most important. You do not have to have a full proposal. Just contact potential supervisors directly.

Thread: Ethical Dilemma: Conflict between supervisors

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20-Sep-19, 08:05
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posted about 3 months ago
I am not sure I understand it correctly. Supervisor A offer you a PhD position. Supervisor B offered the same position or a different one? Or Supervisor B is just talking?
You can choose what is good for you. There is no ethical committent to follow a particular one. Nevertheless choosing based solely on academic reputation/research output is not the best idea.

Thread: Examiners judging my research on the wrong elements?

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19-Sep-19, 13:58
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Hi Azhan, I am sorry to hear that. I agree with Walter_Opera. I have seen in some universities that they want you to have "what they believe" a necessary theoretical background. They should have told you earlier before accepting you. If like noted by pm133, they want you to explain the theory behind your work, then you have to be able to do it. But requiring a "general" background in math is not fair in my opinion. If you understand the math behind your work, you should be fine.

Thread: PhD Acceptance

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16-Sep-19, 12:58
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posted about 3 months ago
It might but it should not. There are enough open minded prospective PhD supervisors. Just apply and do not think of it as basic hurdle.

Thread: A bit of advice please (I am a newbie)

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16-Sep-19, 12:52
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posted about 3 months ago
Hello. I am not going to answer all questions as some of them I personally ask also :).

Quote From newfuture:
As I will be 40 next year, I am wondering if this age is too old?

Absolutely no. I had my Master 10 years after Bachelor. Age does not play any role. 40 is not too old (I am above 40 and still think of a part time PhD).
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Also I would register as p/t and aim to complete in 4 years, would there be much time for part-time work?

First, I am thinking of doing exactly like you but I would try to answer anyway. Short answer, there is not that much time. 4 years is tight for full time students. For part time, would be tighter especially if motivation is lost.
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How much of the week would generally be spent on PhD work?

I would say at least 5 hours with full concentration per week. Preferably 10 hours.

I am in the same boat like you. I wonder if I should really do it and sacrifice the valuable time to do it? Would it be wiser to spend that much time on improving at work or to develop a hobby? Is it anyway better to spend time to do a PhD other than just passing time for nothing? Difficult questions I ask myself. I wish you all the best.
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