Signup date: 19 Feb 2018 at 6:22am
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Thank you very much for your answers, they do confirm what I was thinking about 18 hours being too much. I don't have to pay a tuition fee, so it's mostly the cost of living that requires me to work besides. However I think I have spared enough before the PhD to manage with less work-hours for a few months, and I'll apply for grants in-between. I'm reluctant to go part-time because I don't trust myself for working diligently if I do. I'll see if the student union or the student counsel can give me advice about this also.
I started a full-time PhD last month, and as I am self-funded, I took a 50% job (18 hours a week, every morning from monday to friday) besides. I have trouble managing my time and I feel like I'm already late when it comes to my plan for the semester. I cannot work that much on my thesis during week-ends, or at least not at this stage, because the material that I do my research on is in an institute that is closed at that time. Plus, at the risk of sounding like I'm whining, I also want to precise that I have no particular interest in this part-time job, neither personally nor career-wise, which doesn't help with my motivation. I was also working besides my BA and MA, sometimes up to 80%, but somehow I never felt like it was hampering me in my studies as it does now.
I know that many students are in a similar situation, so I would be very grateful to have your advices and/or opinions: how can I make time for my PhD with a 50% job? Can I still carry my studies successfully if I struggle with this? And if I quit the job, will it be a failure?
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