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Well done!! That is brilliant news! Congratulations Dr Sheena! (up)

Jojo's viva journey - preparation and viva - sigh...

Quote From jojo:

date is settled. its January 5th 8-) - 27 days to go! yipee!!!!!!!!!! can't wait to be done. :-)

fantastic! now you have something to work towards and an end in sight!! good luck!! (up) you will do great!

The One Goal Thread

Quote From Natassia:

I've just got back from work but got a little bit of writing done there - first goal for this evening is to get the chapter I'm working on up to 4000 words, then write 500 words on another chapter....hopefully I'll get this done by 9pm then I can do a bit of preparation for A-level tutoring tomorrow....

Good luck everyone - especially Lara with your interview and AQ with everything you have to get done!


Thanks Natassia! :)
wow im impressed you working in the evening after work , good luck(up)

The One Goal Thread

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Thanks Sneaks for this one goal thread :) i'm going to use it to hold myself accountable today:

good luck to everyone else on their goal for today, have a good sunday!(robin)

goal for today: prepare for job interview tommorow.

job duties- done :-)
scout as much information about project
make a list of potential general interview qs
write answers for general interview qs
prepare a few questions to ask panel
review paragraph in thesis about cell migration
review thesis summary - highlighting key points

Jojo's viva journey - preparation and viva - sigh...

Quote From kikuka:

Hi all. I am preparing for my viva too, and wondered if you would pm me the questions? I think it would really help me focus my prep as I am floundering a bit at the moment.
I haven't got a date yet, though it is likely to be January. I hope to get the date some time this week. Scary stuff.

Hey kikuka, yep no problem, I will forward them onto you, it's split across 6 pms, as it doesnt fit into one.

Job interview: part time, asking about hours/days?

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Thanks so much for the advice BB! really appreciate it! :) I will do just that.

That's so great you had a good experience working part time. :)

I really admire how you have worked so hard! you are an inspiration :-)

thanks again for your input. here's a star!
edit, oh darn i cant vote more than once. shame

have a turkey instead hehe (turkey)

Jojo's viva journey - preparation and viva - sigh...

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you're welcome! hope it helps :) and good to know the length didnt scare you off!

Sounds like a good plan to me! pick and choose whatever works best for you! :)
and good job on getting all those tasks done already!!

and yes you can take whatever you want in with you to your viva. as many notes as you like. i took in alot of stuff, but didnt look at any of it, haha - but i just liked having it there, just incase, as a security blanket.

on the day of your viva, do not read anything, just have a coffee or whatever, and relax, and listen to something relaxing, i was listening to a podcast, to relax me.

Jojo's viva journey - preparation and viva - sigh...

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Aww thanks! you're very welcome and thank you for your kind words! I really appreciate it! :-)

Okay great, I will send the questions by pm. Yes do a few each day, it will give you a "task" to do and make it easier to prepare for the viva. and you will end up learning more about your thesis without realising it.


okay pms sent! sorry I couldnt fit them in less pms, (you should have 6 pms). hope it helps! if you have any questions, dont hesitate to ask :) Good luck! you will do great!

Jojo's viva journey - preparation and viva - sigh...

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Good luck Jojo!!!

the way i prepared for my viva. was that I compiled a list of possible viva quesions from a book about how to survive your viva. if you want a copy of the long list of viva qs, i'm happy to pm them to you, or pm me your email addy, and i can send them to you. its a very long list, so you have been warned! 63 i think.

also i summarised all the different sections of my thesis, like 1 or 2 sentences of each section. and just practiced talking about my thesis by myself. just stand up and pretend you're giving a lecture or something, you can put teddy bears or something as your audience, or just imagine you're in a lecture room, with eager students listening to every word you're saying!

I'll be rooting for you every step of the way! (up)

Job interview: part time, asking about hours/days?

Hey guys, I need some advice please.

I have a job interview next week, it's a part time RA position. In the ad, it didn't specify, hours or days, just 0.5fte. I am really interested in the project, and don't mind at all that it's only part time or that it's a RA, as it will be a great learning experience for me, as its in a slightly different subject area to my PhD, so I don't have experience in the techniques or the subject, but it's a subject I want to break into.

Would it be appropriate at the end of the interview, when they say "do you have any questions for us" (it's a panel interview" , for me to ask about which days I would be working? (i wont mention, that I personally want to work 3 full days, so that i am able to continue my volunteering work alongside the part time job).

I thought, i would ask a few questions about the project, department, and then ask about the part time nature of the job, ie which days and hours. Or shall I wait to ask that qs, IF they offer me the job?

Thanks for your advice!

The One Goal Thread

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aww Thanks Sneaks. you are too kind! and lol you're so funny :) thank you, you made my day!

Thanks Sneaks for the offer, I would really appreciate it, that is really nice of you! sending you a pm.

That is great that you're doing the C25k! that is a really cool programme.

Thanks for the warm welcome Teek! and thanks for the kind congratulations- very nice of you!

I've started reading this cv help book, and it gives you objectives to do for the next 3 days! so that's handy.
so this evening, i have to read chapters 1-4 and 8-10.

going to start reading it and then do some exercise (as i have weight to lose!). Then have dinner.(sprout)

The One Goal Thread

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This is a great thread! Can I please join in? even though technically I know am not meant to be in the "current phd students" thread. but i do miss it here! it's more active than the postgrad forum.

I've started to look for jobs, and i've been procrastinating working on my cv! it seems like the hardest thing to do. So i've decided today is the day where i'm going to start work on it. And use the tips i used during my thesis writing, of "just work on it for 10 minutes"..

i have a book that is meant to help with writing a cv. so i guess my goal will be to read through the book, and print out relevant things that i can use to build my cv. i am having real trouble listing my skills and stuff and selling myself on my cv :$ but i have to get my cv done, as there's a job i really want to apply for and the deadline is next week!

so if its okay, i'd love to join this one goal thread, as i think it will really help to motivate me to work on my cv and job application forms. honestly if it wasnt for postgraduate forum, i would never have gotten my thesis written and prepared for my viva.

Goal today - read through CV help book. print out relevant things i can put in my cv.

A tiny bit of good news

Congratulations! that is very impressive. Well done(up)

changing disciplines after Phd

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Thanks Blue! that's a good idea :)

changing disciplines after Phd

That's really good advice BB!! thanks so much :) you've given me food for thought, I didn't think about the other aspect of offering to volunteer. that is an interesting point. Thanks so much you've been really helpful! and thanks for sharing your husband's story :-)