After deading my viva, pretty much since I started my PhD, I'm pleased to annouce I passsed subject to minor typological corrections! :-) Still slightly in shock really as it definitely hasn't sunk in. Six months ago this day really didn't seem possible as I still had a LOAD to write and had to submit by the end of my fourth year.
Anyway the viva was no where near as bad as I thought it was going to be. My examiners were really possitive, and I didn't feel they were really grilling me. They asked why I'd done things and seemed to accept my answers. The time went very quickly, I looked at my watch and couldn't belive we'd been talking for an hour and a half! The whole thing lasted a bit over two hours and then both examiners said they'd reached the end of their questions and I was sent out the room. I suddenly realised how drained I was! After about 10 mins they called me back in, and were both smiling and saying congratulations! I was still thinking at this point, ok but what's the outcome!
Defintely nursing a hangover today!
I think I missed a trick with the thread title. It should have been " the name's bond, dr bond!"
Thanks for all the messages. Had a good weekend of celebration and ignoring the pile of marking I somehow have to do thus week.
Keenbean, yes I started a new job a couple of weeks ago. So far going well. Everything finally seems to be falling into place thankfully.
New job is in London so I've currently got a 2 hour commute. Not great but my plan is to try and use the time productively (currently I read the metro and have a doze!). Might move to London in the summer, but I really want to try to work with my current supervisor again in two years time.
How's your new job going? I'm finding it strange being in a completely different environment. I always felt like post docs knew everything, so almost feel like a fraud! Sure I'll get used to it soon, esp with the PhD result.
That's great, well done! My post-doc is going well, although it has been a huge leap from the PhD! I think if I'd stayed put it would have been a much easier transition, but am so glad I moved because I am learning sooooo much more, and I love my new subject area too! It is very chaotic (I'm working on lots of different projects, rather than just focusing on one) and it's a jump in terms of responsibilities etc, but I think I'm getting into it reasonably well. Got a review next week so I'll see how that goes. Definitely aiming to stay on here after this post-doc, it's just finding the funding! Hope you enjoy your new job- I felt totally overwhelmed at first (and still do sometimes), but you'll settle in! Best, KB
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