Gosh it's changed a lot since I was last here, all shiny and new and I'm panicking about which sub-category to post this in!
I just thought I'd get in touch with an update as I've not been online for what feels like ever. I have suspended my PhD studies due to (in my mind anyway) irreconcilable differences with my supervisor. I had a hell of a time of it in the last year of my studies and to be honest I'm still a bit at a loss as to what to do. I will be making a complaint against the university though for a few reasons, so I don't know where that will leave me afterwards. I've started a full time job which is helping me feel normal again but I still can't think about what to do with my PhD with a clear head.
I just wanted to say hello to all of the familiar faces, hope you're all doing ok, and good luck to new PhD candidates. I might pop back from time to time.
Unless you want to stay in academia to teach for crappy salary, well if you progress, then you might get just under 70k (might take you 20 years for that), just leave the academia ASAP. People invest too much energies in getting through a PhD programme and do not think at all about what happens after they successfully obtain a PhD.
I have seen applicants who left the PhD programme half way through. To us, it doesn't make much difference whether a candidate has a Master's or a PhD. I care a lot about the relevance of your most recent degree (because it demonstrates your interest and commitment) and the grades. I don't give a **** about your grades in A-level Art or History, or for that matter a 49 in Paradigms in the Twentieth Century Sociological Thought from a top university. The HR might have a different view on your transcript.
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