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Thread: Worldwide opportunities or grounded somewhere?

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10-Sep-19, 11:09
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posted about 3 months ago
Hello. You may have to set priorities first. Which is more important? moving to the West or carrying your research and obtain a PhD?
In my opinion, it is not impossible to have a PhD from Hong Kong and find a post in Europe. Although in continental Europe finding a Postdoc is ways difficult than finding a PhD.
Do you plan to live in Europe forever? are you looking for a "new" home country? If this is the case, I would recommend you to research the prespectives in all your destination countries and check whether you really need a PhD or not. Also take care of what residence permit opportunities available if you want to pursue MPhil.
If you want to go for an nice couple of years adventure in Europe, then you can finish your PhD and then look for opportunities.

Thread: Quitting a Phd that I already accepted

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10-Sep-19, 08:51
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Hello. I do not like normally to be hard but unfortunately, I have to be.
You don't get how the way life is. Thinking that you always deserve better is wrong at the first place. There is a narrow borderline between being ambitious and being ungrateful. Life does not owe anyone anything. No one gets the dream project in his/her dream city. A good PhD position in a nice city is a dream of many qualified graduates. I know personally Master graduates who sent tons of applications to get a PhD in a close related field and they were not successful.
Regarding the lab and the supervisors, if you quit, you won't bother them at all. They are enough qualified PhD students waiting for your chance. If you quit now, it is even better for them.
Now comes my advice. First appreciate what you have. Start your PhD. Work and finish it. But if you start feeling you do it for the sake of pity to the lab or you feel you are sacrificing for them, there will be nothing good coming out of this.

Thread: Is this an advisor "red flag"?

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02-Sep-19, 10:07
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posted about 3 months ago
Quote From possiblepostgrad:

One thing to note though is that during the meetings, they mention that they will email me certain pieces of information - this is partially why I email immediately after the meetings. I could understand if they get busy and forget... but is it unreasonable for me to send follow up emails inquiring about things that they had said they would email to me?

Again, sad but still normal. Promises made by academics do not count. As said by rewt, funding is the key. No funding means no PhD. Is your topic good enough for them to sepend their funding? Be carefull when professors have "real" funding, they sometimes change their minds and decide to advertise for a PhD to choose from many candidates rather than accpeting one. THey say many things but when it comes to money, everything can change.

Thread: Is this an advisor "red flag"?

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30-Aug-19, 10:04
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posted about 4 months ago
Hello. From my own experience and experience of aquantances who apply for PhD, it is not unusual. Any reply you get from them, might be the last communication and he might not reply again forever. Scary? yes but unfortunately true. This is typical. If you are their student, this behaviour is going to change a little. At least you can come to their office. But now is the real problem to convince them to supervise you "in real actions" not just nice words. Of course funding plays the dominant role here. They might see you as a good candidate but not good enough to spend their fund, if they have any.
In conclusion, just wait. Continue sending follow up mails but without getting hopes high. Try with other professors in same or another university.
I am usually optimistic but I do not want to give you a false hope. This is how academia is. Finding someone who is interested to supervise you is good. It means you have a good CV and a good chance to advance in your career either getting a PhD or work somewhere else. But getting a real paid PhD position is completely different thing.
I wish you all the best. Just try and follow up and do not give up.

Thread: Please help me understand maternity leave rights / PhD in Norway

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27-Aug-19, 13:45
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posted about 4 months ago
First, I would encourage you to go ahead with both decisions. You know it. There is no perfect time to have a baby.
Second, Some universities hire you as a research assistant and you have a double status as an employee and a student. Do you have already an offer? If so, you can ask directly. There is no shame about it. The other case is that you are a student and get a stipend. Usually stipends are less money.
I think you will not be the first person to do this. One year gap is reasonable and should not affect your return. It is very unlikely that this causes administrative problems but some supervisors may not like it but it is your decision at the end.

Thread: Minor revisions - editor decision taking ages

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27-Aug-19, 07:44
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posted about 4 months ago
Congratulations for the yayyy part. Did you send them a reminder so they replied or they did alone?
Let us hope you will not need to send any reminder this time.

Thread: Summer Thesis Submission

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23-Aug-19, 08:22
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posted about 4 months ago
I had a Master by research. In my case, the external did not reply for two months then uni has to assign a new external. After two months, you start to worry. It is still too early

Thread: I want to quit, but will regre the work I've put in

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20-Aug-19, 15:59
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posted about 4 months ago
I agree with pm and TQ. I personally did not have the courage to quit and ended up spending 5 years without PhD at the end.
Quitting now is better than tomorrow. The early you do it, the less you have to explain to prospective employers.
I tell myself, if I have even quitted after 3 years, it would have been better than 5 year.

Thread: No job after 3 years of PhD. My options are?

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16-Aug-19, 08:12
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posted about 4 months ago
Quote From DrDichotomy:
Similar. 9 months since getting the PhD. Living on savings because the DWP would crush my soul. Hundred of job applications, every day is filled with writing more. Seventeen actual interviews. Still no job. The savings will run out by November. If it were not having a wife to hang on for, I'd suicide by Christmas. As it is I just live day to day. I can't even get a job as a waiter.

I am sorry to hear that. You should see a career advisor. What are the reasons for rejections after the interview? technical, personal qualities? 17 interviews and no jobs is really worrying. On average you could get a job in 5 interviews. Your writing applications seems fine but focus to develop your weaknesses in interviews

Thread: Lost all interest after my viva!!

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15-Aug-19, 13:41
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Think of it as a tough job which needs time. I bet they have given you at least 6 months. Do you know why they have given you this time? Because it will take that long. The corrections are huge so the PhD was. It took you 3-4 years to reach this stage which looked too faraway at the beginning. The same applys now with corrections. Break it into weeks. If you have 20 weeks, you need to finish 5% every week. If you accomplish 2% the first week, you will be fine.
Just start. With the easies typo, grammar, figure correction, whatever is easy for you. Once you started, it will end. You can and you will do it. All the best.

Thread: Minor revisions - editor decision taking ages

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13-Aug-19, 07:46
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posted about 4 months ago
It is very unlikely that the paper would be rejected after receiving minor corrections. It might only due to holidays season. Some papers take more than a year forth and back, but of course it takes longer when the revisions are major.
It is not cool, annoying but I would only recommend to be a little more patient. Two weeks more and all will be done. Meanwhile if you apply for a job, write it in publication list and write (accepted subjected to minor revisions).

Thread: Advise:Looking for a job and they request the name of my supervisor?

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12-Aug-19, 12:02
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Quote From Zena85:
Quote From pm133:
Zena85, did you ensure you had some good referees before you initiated your formal complaint?
If you didn't, this could get quite difficult for you.

Yes, I do. Only one works for academia as a post-doc and two for oil company with many years of experience.

This should be sufficient. If they ask specfically for supervisors names, say your relationship with them was not excellent and try to say as few as possible about.

Thread: Advise:Looking for a job and they request the name of my supervisor?

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12-Aug-19, 08:40
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posted about 4 months ago
I understand the difficult situation. You need references. I have been (and still) in the same boat. I hate this referral system. I would put a postdoc or a senior researcher like tru said. If you put supervisors as referee they might simply not reply to any reference request from any employer you are applying at. This even happens when you have a good reletionship with them. Moreover, these reference letters (good or bad) you will never read.
It is not ideal that you are unable to get reference letters from supervisors but it is not the end of the world. They are not God. Ask one or two researchers to be your referees. If you worked before, ask also ex employer. Also ask your undergraduate lecturers/supervisors. I wish all the best.

Thread: PhD application process

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31-Jul-19, 08:24
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posted about 5 months ago
A very important factor is funding. Have you already secured funding? Will the committee decide in case of acceptance to award funding? If funding is secured, more likely it is formalities. If not, there is still a long way to go.

Thread: I completely fucked my supervisors and got an apology from the university

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31-Jul-19, 07:54
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posted about 5 months ago
It is good that you have achieved this. But be ware that many complaints end in trash. Do not assume this is the happy end for each complaint. I do not support the behaviour of keeping calm and not to complain, but anyone who complains should be careful and should not expect too much.
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