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Thread: Going forward???

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09-Mar-17, 13:41
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posted about 2 years ago
Bewildered,

It's not the qualification I want, it's a revision of my skills such that potential employers see me as more than and not just a Quality professional. I fell into Quality by accident rather than design for want of better words. If I take another Quality job now, that will be it. Going forward, it will be a Qualtity career and I find the related functions to it deathly boring. My original background is Materials Engineering, leaving me short of the skills to be considered a true Engineer (and thus having more options).

That said, I do understand your reasoning and yes, there is alot of uncertainty to come with Brexit, etc., and perhaps I should just be grateful to have any kind of job. "Work to Live" is fine, but I don't want 20+ years up to the point I retire doing something I quite frankly find boring. That said, it may well be my fate and the last few years in this profession called Quality has defined me.

I feel I should explore the options before writing off my pre-Quality life and all the work done during and after my PhD. I don't want to turn the clock back, just not wake up each morning dreading going into work and being bored out of my mind.

TreeofLife,

As per my comments to Bewildered, it's to reskill rather than another qualification. As it happens, I am looking at academic and research positions. However, finding something where I fit is difficult.

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If in the past I've not been happy with a situation, my instincts have been to change it rather than just accept life as it is.

Ian

Thread: Going forward???

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08-Mar-17, 14:09
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posted about 2 years ago
As mentioned elsewhere, I've reappeared here after a substantial absence, this due to a change in personal circumstances.

To summarise, it's long time since my PhD and post-doc. My second post-doc ended badly due to a dispute with a senior academic at a Uni. away from my PhD Uni., however, help from my former PhD-Uni. colleagues (via the book chapter I've mentioned on another thread) finally reset my reference history and allowed me to find a real world job as a Quality Engineer.

My intention was to stay in that job temporarily before heading back into a research career. However, family factors meant the job I was in became very convenient and I stayed in that job for a very long period. In the end, it became the perception of family, friends and former colleagues that Quality was my true passion, even when I said otherwise.

I was made redundant at the end of last year and looking at my CV, mooted returning to Uni. for a year and retrain to break out of Quality as a career. However, a former colleague said quite bluntly that I should be looking at professional and not academic qualifications at the stage my life is currently at (now late 40s).

Whilst I understand his reasoning, this approach presents a problem in that any professional qualification route would be Quality.

I'm faced with two options:

1) Follow my former colleague's well meant advice and pursue professional qualifications, knowing this would leave me pursuing Quality as a career; or

2) Take a risk of a further academic Masters qualification on my CV in the hope I can break back into something more related to what I want to do.

I have no passion for Quality as a career, however, the length of time I've done it plus the length of time since my PhD and other technical qualifications (i.e what I've learnt is "old", even out-of-date) seem to be pushing me in the Quality direction.

Thoughts?

Ian

Thread: Examiner Disagreement

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08-Mar-17, 13:46
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posted about 2 years ago
Great to hear. Now you have your life back.

All the best for the future!!!

Ian

Thread: Examiner Disagreement

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08-Mar-17, 11:10
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posted about 2 years ago
Normally, you can appeal against a "fail" or "MPhil" decision but only if there are irregularities in the examination process. This will only result in re-examination by new examiners rather than the original decision being overturned.

I think you may be at the point where might consider appealing against a third set of revisions, with the defence that you have already done everthing asked of you. However, that depends on how prepared you are to restart the examination process from scratch with new examiners.

Your situation is strange to me to say the least, with three sets of major revisions??? In the worst case you should face two sets of revisions, a major set with or without re-examination followed by at most minor corrections should the revised script be deemed acceptable PhD standard. Your extermal examiner has already exceeded this by asking for a second major set, let alone a third set (by special permission - I've never heard of this).

If further major revisions were deemed necessary then not meaning to sound harsh, by normal procedure the logical outcome should have been to downgrade to MPhil or fail. The fact this has not happened is irregular in itself and thus may give you grounds for appeal.

If your extermal examiner has these concerns, then it may have been kinder to fail you so at least you could start the appeals process rather than drag the process out as you describe.

I note from later posts that you've talked to the Chair and expressed your concerns. I hope you hear back within a reasonable period and that the long wait you're facing soon comes to an end. I know from other's posts on here that people have faced considerable waits. Academia is welll known for this, basically putting people's lves on hold and that in itself can be very unfair.

I seriously hope you manage to sort things out.

Ian

Thread: Can someone grab this paper for me?

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07-Mar-17, 14:15
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posted about 2 years ago
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I would have thought that the journal would give you access, since you're an author? I've only got limited experience of being published, but have been sent links to papers I'm on so that I can share them with others - is it possible to request this from the journal?


I think because we've all moved on from our original positions, Elsevier couldn't contact any of us. It is as simple as that.

I am going to contact the journal directly, but because I wasn't involved in the amended version think the request for a copy might be turned down.

I'm familiar with journal publication and know to expect a copy under normal circumstances, but am finding this current situation strange.

Ian

Thread: Can someone grab this paper for me?

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07-Mar-17, 11:16
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I've tried everything to be honest including trying to locate this " F.T. Mahi". I found reference to him / her at Trinity College Dublin, however, he / she is not listed on the research staff there.

In fact, there's no trace apart from this person amending other people's work to go into "Materials Science and Materials Engineering, 2016". Strange.

I'm going to leave this be until I'm back in work then possibly have done and pay to download it.

Ian

Thread: Can someone grab this paper for me?

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04-Mar-17, 11:22
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Quote From chickpea:
If you are one of the authors named on the paper, then could you contact the journal and get a link to it? Maybe that's your plan B!


Yes, I am one of the named authors. In simple terms, the amendment has occurred without my knowledge of that of the other authors. However, all of the original authors have moved on and I'm guessing that the journal has been unable to contact any of us.

They've therefore apparently employed an extra expert in the field has been brought in to carry out updates and amendments.

I'm not bothered as such, though it would be nice to see what amendmends have been made. I simply want to add it to my CV as I've found myself out of work again (a factor I'll address in a separate post and the reason for my sudden reappearance on this group) and it would be an extra selling point.

Ian

Thread: Can someone grab this paper for me?

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03-Mar-17, 11:09
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I tried but it won't let me... is that the older version on ResearchGate?


No, the link above is to the newer version.

I'm gathering Elsevier couldn't contact anyone and thus involved the new author.

If the link doesn't work, not to worry as I have a plan B.

Ian

Thread: Starting PhD when I might be going to prison during?

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02-Mar-17, 20:28
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I'll start by being honest and straight with you about how I feel. Havng being heavily involved in sport myself and having remained clean, I think if guilty you've been very stupid and I don't like the idea of competing against drug cheats. That said, I guess if drugs were fully legalised in sport then I guess you'd have a perverse albeit dishonest level playing field.

However, it's performance enhancing drugs you've alledgedly been involved with. As such we're not talking about hard core recreational drugs (note I'm pro-legalisation of cannabis at least for medicinal reasons). As such, unless it's been on a large scale then a suspended sentence sonds about right provided you have a previously clean criminal record.

I agree with other posts above that proceeding with postgraduate study will show the judge upon conviction that you are trying to sort your life out. You've more chance of a suspended sentence if guilty, you proceed to plead guilty and express remorse for your crime. This I say having also done jury service.

As regards mentioning the crime, you are innocent until proven guilty thus you're under no obligation to mention it until convicted.

My one reservation is if you go to prison, you are denying a student a place who can complete the PhD without interruption, especially if funded. Would you not be better to consider the option once you are released? If your sentence is only 6 months, a suspension of studies might be possible depending upon the University's attitude towards your crime. However, once sentence is passed then if a prison sentence is handed down then there will be a second wave of publicity the Universty might not be able to ignore. I have seen on a few occasions how Universities like to distance themselves of uncomfortable situations. An unsuspended prison sentence gives a University the excuse to make a swift, clean break with any affected person.

Sorry to sound hard, but I feel honesty here gives greater clarity.

Ian

Thread: Can someone grab this paper for me?

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02-Mar-17, 19:25
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Can someone grab this paper for me?

Put simply, I was involved with this a few years back with alot of material taken from my PhD work and that from my two predecessors. However, I note it's been upgraded with an extra author added.

I would like to have a glance to see what has changed, however, not being in academia now I can't download it.

Much appreciated,

Ian

Thread: One semester into a PhD and offered a job

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31-Jan-17, 01:19
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Quote From CNMI:
Hello,

I'm in my 2nd semester as a PhD student studying ecology/wildlife and have been offered a good job at a starting salary that is equivalent to what I would expect with a PhD, and excellent benefits. I have not been thrilled with my department, program, or town in which the University is located. I am also slightly older than most other graduate students in this field, early 30s.

The PhD is fully funded, although it is impossible to save any money with student fees and other bills. If I stay in the PhD, I'll break even and have nothing upon graduation 4 or 5 years down the road.

I'm trying to figure out which option will have the greatest benefit to my career; 4 years in a professional setting with (much) higher pay and benefits, or spending the next 4 years working towards a credential that will allow me to be promoted to a higher level much further down the road. I have a Masters, but I think that credential comes with a promotional/pay ceiling.

I will not be able to do any kind of part time PhD. If I leave, it will be permanent and the bridge to this University and adviser will be burned, as a field season is quickly approaching and I would be putting the adviser in a tight spot. Additionally, our funding has been cut due to presidential administration change, and I've already consumed 1 semester of graduate student salary.

Any insights appreciated.


It's a while since I've called by here. Straight up, you're in a field where "Dr." has some value and gves an air of expertise. Without it, you may well hit a glass ceiling.

I'd personally continue unless other financial, relationship or family issues mean otherwise.

Ian (Beefy)

Thread: Can anyone obtain the following paper for me?

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26-Oct-16, 10:22
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Can anyone obtain the following paper for me? Can they PM me if so and I can pass my e-mail address to them.

Thanks,

Ian

Thread: PhD Loans Confirmed

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21-Mar-16, 00:36
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posted about 3 years ago
Quote From Hugh:
This is very very bad news. This has been introduced so they can reduce student ship funding. Honestly it's a huge disaster.

It's going to create a division in academia where only those with wealthy parents will have access to PhDs


So far, the loans are for STEM students without research council funding. So far...

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We'll have to hope not Hugh.

There's some reason to be positive. The original announcement of the loans in the 2015 budget only made reference to STEM. That did suggest a move to replace or supplant existing funding (few STEM students self-fund). They've since been repositioned as a solution for those without RC funding, with more references made to Arts, Humanities, etc (where self-funding is much more commonplace).

Time will tell..


As long as there is no reduction in research council funding, it will be another option although not a brilliant one. Anyone taking the loan option will have to top up their income by lab and lecture work, or other part time work and more so than research council-funded people.

However, there was a mutter from a government official about bringing different funding terms into line with each other last year. Might it be that the fees may be paid in the future but the stipend part may instead be a loan in years to come?

However, I am anti-loan (undergrad as well as post-grad) and can't see why this money can't be used to create extra research council places.

It's some years since my stint, however, subjects like this raise my ire enough to post.

Ian

Thread: Finishing PhD and feeling low

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23-Sep-15, 14:49
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posted about 4 years ago
I was personally relieved to be finished after a hellish write-up period (due to a good supervisor wanting the thesis to be right) though surprisingly straight forward viva. Minor corrections, done in a week, submitted, over with, conferral letter in post.

I was on post-doc at the time and had gone for a walk one lunch time. It hit me "Now what do I do?" I found myself at a loose end and having to adjust from 12 to 16 hour days, t a more normal 8 or 9 hours a day. Whilst not immediately impacting upon me (a though that cam to the forefront a few weeks later once I'd had a holiday), there was having to look for another job once my then-current post-doc ended.

That "what next?" question hits most of us and we can find ourselves at a loss. The combined need for a rest, deciding what to do next with our lives and looking at our future options are often why many people post-PhD look for a quiet year (in the case of women who seem to recover more quickly) or slightly longer (in the case of men) in an easy post-doc or other employment somewhere.

What you are facing would be normal, however, there is the added complication of your bereavement. As you approach the end, you're suddenly finding to to breath and perhaps now grieve properly for your sister. I thus suggest once you finish, more than anything you need time to yourself to allow the grieving process to take it's course. I suggest a decent break without any pressures for this to properly happen, either by yourself or with close family members nearby.

Ian

Thread: Finishing PhD Early?

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23-Sep-15, 14:29
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posted about 4 years ago
"Chemistuk", the above from "Chococake" is good advice.

I see no reason why you would not be able to submit early and all Universities will have provision for this.

If you really feel you can;t stand being there any longer, ask if you can work from home, go on the sick or apply for a suspension, possibly writing up whilst on suspension when you are ready to face it. This will at least mean you are away from the University if they insist on your presence during write-up. I say this assuming you are on write-up phase and are finished all experimental work?

I'll add the write-up phase is normally a point that saps motivation and we've all been there wishing it was over with. That said, however you choose to get this stage over with I suggest the sooner you are able to (possibly with a holiday before you go back to it), the better for your health.

I note your rush is to find yourself in paid employment as soon as possible, even with some bursary money yet to be paid to you. Do you feel you should be earning and in work or is there some form of unintentional pressure pushing you in this direction (i.e. friends, family, peers who are already in work)?

If you've some of your bursary still to be paid, I'd take advantage of that.

I remember my mother was concerned about me leaving paid employment, however, as the company I left to do a PhD closed down 18 months later that well meant hope for her was dashed. Any idea of her son being in a safe job with a financial security and decent pension also disappeared with that.

Ian
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