I've been working on my PhD for 20 months now and am having a ball. There is one huge financial problem and that make finishing my PhD improbable. I need to find a properly paid job again. It won't be easy to find a job that pays well enough to get through this, thus a bit more money, or a part-time job won't cut it. And there's not any more funding money for me.
I've just been offered a job interview, and the question is what my notice period is. I can't find anything! My PhD is sponsored by a company, but I was only given a slip of paper stating the amount of stipend and maximum duration. No reference to further terms and conditions. I can't find anything on my university or faculty website either. There's a handbook for PhD students, but it only touches on absences for more than a month. Of course I don't want to talk to my supervisor before everything is sorted as I might in the end have to take on any job that I find that pays more than the stipend and council tax.
Ok, just phoned the student support advisors and with their help finally found the right document. Apparently I don't have a notice period to withdraw from this university at all. As there's no additional documentation referred to in my contract I suppose that is also true for the stipend. After all, one cannot make unknown t&c not referred to anywhere in the signed papers part of a contract. I'd think anyway.
Ok, that's something. Now lets prepare for the job interview.
For my university, I can apply for a suspension of studies effective immediately, for up to a year. But i need supervisor and grad school approval. I think that for most leave's of absence you will need approval, so you might want to at least hint at it.
Can you get a teaching support contract or tutor some GCSE/A-Level students? It is a bit of money on the side that doesn't require you to leave the PhD.
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