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I would agree with SixKitten on this, If you want to change your field the time to do it is after your PhD, Doing a masters would be seen as a step back of lack of confidence in your skills.
I don't know about your background but I know in science it's relatively common to change your field or apply your knowledge of your current field to an interdisciplinary subject, I don't know if this is possible for you
In reply to your questions I don't expect people to understand what a PhD is like I believe (rightly or wrongly) that it's something you can never understand unless you've been through it.
I just want people to realise that I don't just spend 3 years being paid to do nothing, that I am in fact working hard. I don't put people down because of their jobs/career choices and I don't expect them to put me down for mine.
I've been having a discussion with a couple of friends about how many papers you think you need to get to get a postdoc (in science) assuming you were moving to another institution (or not getting position from someone you know eg you supervisor etc)
Obviously I know there is no set amount, I just wondered what people thought
Yeah tell me about it, I constantly get the tax dodger jibes and if we're planning to do something I'm the one expected to organise things because "they all have jobs" they are all under the impression that I'm being paid to sit around and do next to nothing. As much as I love what I'm doing I envy the fact that they work until 5pm then go home and have the rest of the time to themselves. When I get home I usually have to carry on working
aliby, what's their arguement for not allowing supervisors or an independent chair in? I can see that people might not want to give up their time to chair a viva that's unrelated to them, but even that is quite a poor excuse. I can't see why you shouldn't be allowed to have your supervisor present as long as they keep quiet
Good luck I hope it goes well for you DJWickid
As for advice having never been there myself, I'm not sure I'm the best person to give advice, but I'd say spend some time getting stuff clear in your head this week and do something to take your mind off it at the weekend
Nimrod81 it's not that someone with an honorary phd is going to take a job away from someone, as most honorary degrees go to people who never need apply for a job again anyway. It's the fact that the universities give them out to people who (mostly) on the whole don't deserve it, and this devalues all the hard work done by those people who have been working for 3-4years to achieve it
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