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Thread: Some tips I want to share about dealing with PhD anxiety now that I've completed it!

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26-Dec-18, 23:10
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Woops, I meant to highlight that this was a post made by someone else that I found on another website (i've forgotten the name) that I thought was relevant to myself and that I thought might help others.

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Thread: Some tips I want to share about dealing with PhD anxiety now that I've completed it!

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25-Dec-18, 13:15
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Hey guys,

My name is Sarah and I have just finished my PhD. I have a few thoughts I want to share that will hopefully be useful to those who are doing their PhD, particularly those who are having worries about their PhD.

I convinced myself in the last three months of my PhD that I was going to either fail or have to undertake major revisions. I did this even though my supervisors were happy and confident in my work. I ended up passing convincingly. I sailed through my PhD with limited levels of stress until the last three months. All of a sudden I began to feel doubt as the time to hand in drew nearer. I convinced myself that my work was flawed in terms of methodology and in other areas. This caused me a large amount of ultimately unnecessary stress. What I should have focused on was the fact that I had done my best, that I put a monumental effort in and that I could do no more. Whether it passed or not was out of my control. So tip number one is to try and remember to invest your energy in only the things that you have control over (easier said than done but helpful to remember none the less) and to back yourself!

My second piece of advice is to remember that you are not your PhD. Your identity can become so wrapped up in the project and the idea of failing or receiving large revisions seems so embarrassing. Please remember that even trying to do a PhD in itself is a huge accomplishment. It's a learning process. To anyone that has or may have to do major corrections or maybe even fail, please remember that it is our failures that help us to learn and that lay the grounds for our success. That sounds so corny but it contains a very real and beautiful truth if you are willing to embrace your failures, mourn them, accept them and then use them and appreciate them as valuable learning opportunities.

Merry Xmas

Thread: Need advice on jobs after an odd PhD!

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14-Sep-16, 05:39
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All good suggestions. Thanks very much. Anyone else have any ideas ??

Thread: Need advice on jobs after an odd PhD!

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08-Sep-16, 06:36
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Hi everyone,

My name's Lachlan and I'm halfway through my PhD. I am currently on track to finish it a fair bit ahead of schedule (I have 3.5 years of funding and will finish it in about 2.8 years). As such, I have started to think about jobs. The problem (or unique oppurtunity depending on how you look at it!!) is that my PhD and my undergraduate has been a bit of a mish-mash and left me not assigned to any one discipline. I majored in History and Criminology and am doing a PhD that looks at how exhibitions depicting mental health are received by museum visitors. I want to work in the field of mental health after graduating but I don't have a Psychology degree- almost everyone that works in this field has one. I'm just having trouble thinking of ideas as to where I could work in relation to mental health with a PhD like mine. I don't even really know what jobs exist in this field for someone without a psychology degree. I thought public policy could be good, but you probably need a background in public policy, etc, etc. I don't really want to work in museums and would love to work in mental health.

So, to recap, my expertise is analysing the impact certain mental health interventions have on peoples' attitudes towards mental health (in the case of my PhD- mental health within a museum setting and the general museum visitors that go to view it). Any suggestions on what sort of jobs I might qualify for, etc?

Thanks heaps, much love xoxoxo
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