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Thread: PhD Affecting all of my Relationships (family, friends, partner)

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21-Nov-18, 17:31
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Fifthyear, yes this story will probably sound very familiar to anyone who does anything special like a PhD where, because of the level you are operating at, very few will understand what you are going through.

The common factor in your problems with others in your life is you. That would suggest the problem is on your side. You talk about what support they are failing to provide for you but I suspect you could turn that around and look at it from their perspective and reach the same conclusion. It could well be you who is withdrawing into yourself and becoming so wrapped up in your own world that it's all becoming about your needs and what you want. You should seriously consider whether this is really what is happening. Are you withdrawing into yourself and then blaming others in your life for not following after you?

The first thing you need to do is consider the above. If I am saying things which ring true then try giving something back to those who have supported you. They may no longer know how to reach you. They may be afraid of you flying off the handle and they might not know what to say to you. Give them an evening now and then where you don't talk about yourself and your PhD. See if that helps.

Secondly, you probably need to stop expecting other people to understand and care about your PhD. This is your particular career and you need to learn that only your view matters. Again turn this around. Are you showing sufficient care and interest in their lives and careers? If not you are in danger of holding others to a standard you are not meeting yourself.

Obviously we don't know each other and I don't know the intricacies of the relationships you are involved in and I may be off the mark with this but I hope there is some useful stuff in the above anyway.

Best of luck.

Thread: Turning a chapter into the whole thesis (whilst half-way through PhD?)

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21-Nov-18, 17:21
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Wow.
I am very surprised to hear anyone talking about having enough material for a PhD after just 1 or 2 years but congratulations to all those who do. If I recall, 2 years was the historic duration for a PhD in the UK so it shouldn't surprise me too much).

Pretty impressive.

Thread: Career in Android

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21-Nov-18, 17:19
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Quote From Pharmaceutical:
What career option are available in Android development?


Not sure why you are asking this on a postgraduate forum but in this instance Google is your friend.
A 20 second search on two job boards showed me over 2000 jobs in Android development.

Thread: 2nd year blues?

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21-Nov-18, 17:16
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It is very common to find that second year is a struggle.
My second year was my worst.

I think you need to forget about what other people are doing. They are on a different path and career to you and you will all probably graduate anyway, regardless of differences. A career is a 40 year marathon not a 3 year PhD sprint.

If you had to start 1st year again what would you have done differently.
If the answer is nothing then you need to crack on with this phase.
If there are gaps then go and fix them.

If you stop worrying about the progress of others you might find you regain some of your momentum.

Good luck.

Thread: writing a proposal for an epidemiologic study of chronic migraine

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13-Nov-18, 19:26
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Quote From Rose1984:
Hi any one can . help me how to write a proposal for an epidemiologic study of chronic migraine headaches,
1,describe the backround for such a study
2,define an aim
3,propose a feasible design
4,define the applied methods


Nobody will or should be helping you write out an entire proposal from scratch. If you can break down a few specific pointers you need you might get a better response.

Thread: Thoughts of a PhD student at his wit's end

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13-Nov-18, 19:24
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There was me thinking I was the only one about to have a total breakdown with this PhD. I can relate to all these comments but the thoughts/feelings have come on so suddenly that I just thought I was going nuts!!


I don't know anyone who got through it without being broken to some extent. Those of us who got through it are carrying the scars - hidden or otherwise. Many of those who seemed to have got through it OK broke down during their postdoc years. The entire system is brutal and quite frankly this is a broken system.

Thread: Judging whether to working under a Potential Junior Supervisor at a Prestigious Institute

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12-Nov-18, 22:58
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tru is calling this correctly for me too. It's the accumulation of worrying indicators which would put me off here.
You cannot possibly ignore these warning signs.
Not after what you have already be subjected to.

Thread: Extracting data from GNU plot

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08-Nov-18, 14:57
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Presumably what you want is to export it as in CSV format (comma seperated format).
Can you do this from your package?

Thread: Submitted thesis, now dreading viva

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08-Nov-18, 14:48
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Cookyy2k, I think you are perfectly justifed in being anxious about your viva. Certainly having no journal articles could make things trickier than they would for someone with a few papers. Submitting without having comments on the thesis from your supervisor is potentially a serious problem as well.
Both of these would have me awake at night.

There is absolutely nothing you can do to change these so let me advise on what practical steps I would take now bearing in mind what I said above.

1) Read the thesis again and again. Add post-it corrections as you go. Your thesis copy should be stuffed with corrections you have spotted yourself. It impresses the examiner if you can say "Aha, yes I have spotted that and I can correct it."

2) Know your thesis inside out. Make sure you can defend what you did, why you did it and why your thesis is saying something new. Be thoroughly prepared to be told things like "tell me what is original about this work".

3) Try and see if any of your work is potentially publishable and press ahead with that now so that you have extra to add into the thesis if needed and that you have something to say during the viva - "I've done all this since you got my thesis."

4) Remember you have co-authorship on a patent. Do NOT downplay this. It's a publication. End of story.

5) Find a way to believe in and be proud of what you have done. You have done sat on your hands for 4 years doing bugger all so don't allow yourself to believe that.

Hope this helps.

Thread: Feeling confused, lost and very inadequate at the start of my PhD - is that normal?

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08-Nov-18, 14:38
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Thank you both very much, you've definitely made me feel a bit better. And slowly, I am getting in the grip of some things around the lab and about my project, it's very minor and it's still a slow process, but I'm slowly learning to rejoice about any small positive progress that I make.


Ah yes, taking pleasure in small wins. That takes me back :-D
Those small things should eventually start to grow a wee bit bigger.
Just try and stay in the game.

Thread: Entirely lost motivation and interest in PhD (after 1+ year)

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08-Nov-18, 14:34
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bluegrass, you need to find a job and then quit your PhD.
The problem you have is that you can't think of anything to do and your previous attempts at a decent job have both ended in frustration.
You need to invest time finding out who you are, what makes you tick on a general level and then figuring out what job comes closest to that.
There's no quick solution.
You need to treat finding the right lifestyle as a full time job and start your research.
There isn't another way as far as I can tell.

It may be that what suits you best is a series of jobs rather than looking for one single job for the next 5 years.

Thread: Are these signs of a toxic postdoc relationship?

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03-Nov-18, 19:52
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I am a little lost here.

Was the job a postdoc position to start with? If so, what do you mean when you say you applied for the job and then applied for the postdoc?
Also, what agency are you talking about and why do you think they had an influence on the decision?

Thread: Viva minor amendments

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01-Nov-18, 19:36
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Having corrections rejected does happen but I am not aware of anyone with minors having an issue. I wouldn't worry about this at all. I think it took about a week or so for me to get my corrections approved and it was all done by my internal examiner. Once the external is happy you should be home and dry.

Thread: Messed up masters big time - options?

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31-Oct-18, 13:34
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posted about 2 months ago
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pm133, I am an eternal optimist (until my PhD at least) and want to see good in people. Unless they do clearly do something wrong, I give people the benefit of the doubt. It is has occasionally failed me but it has done me alright as a whole. Also, I would rather be treated by a doctor who has made mistakes before but learned from them, than a doctor who claims to be perfect. So giving people second chances even if they did do it on purpose, is the way to go. Would you not want to be treated the same?


Yes I would. I am a huge advocate of making mistakes and learning from them. We are not talking about making mistakes in this case. plagiarism of "several chunks" of a text is not a mistake, it's cheating.

Thread: Advice: Contact potential supervisors at different research groups/universities

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31-Oct-18, 13:29
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posted about 2 months ago
Yes I don't see any problem with this either.
Applying for funding might need to be done throgh one of them though but I only applied to fully funded PhDs myself so I cant advise.
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