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Thread: Formal Complaint?

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15-Jan-19, 18:35
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From trys11:
@monkia All you say is true. Pursuing a phd is both time consuming and tiring. Also, even if its funded, your wage is much smaller than it would be if you started your career having a regular job. So if you start and bump on such a bad supervisor you loose time, money and most importantly the will to continue!
Even if you find another supervisor that is legitimately good the damage in your psyche is already done and you wont be able to see your phd studies with the same passion and energy as you did in the start.
Or at least thats what I think


You need to be very careful what advice you are listening to.
Whilst it's good to be aware of the potential for problems, the last thing you want to risk is walking through the door on day one of your PhD with very damaging preconceptions about what the experience will be like for you personally.
Even worse would be to listen to bad advice and not even attempt the journey yourself.
What you have posted here concerns me that you are sounding like someone who is psyching themselves out before they start.

There is a saying when you run your own company that a satisfied customer will tell 1 or 2 others about their experience. A dissatisfied customer will likely tell 30 to 40 people pr more simply by posting to Facebook. By extension, be aware that the posts on here will come substantially from those who had negative experiences.
You will not get a balanced set of positive and negative stories on any online platform.

Please be careful when making your decision.

Thread: Formal Complaint?

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15-Jan-19, 13:58
by pm133
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posted about 2 months ago
That post of Tienah is a timely reminder that students are just as capable of appalling behaviour as supervisors.

Thread: CFA or EFA

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13-Jan-19, 16:21
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posted about 2 months ago
I was in a similar situation when I was younger. I was put into a job which I had no understanding of and was given the task of improving what a specific group of the workforce were doing.
I was given a desk in an office on my own and left there with 3 sheets of paper full of fairly abstract ideas about the job. No computer. No colleagues. Just me.
After about a few weeks I walked into my bosses office and told him I wanted a transfer to another job.

They eventually got rid of me but that's a story for another day :-D

Thread: What happens if I fail an exam for MSc taught module?

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13-Jan-19, 16:17
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posted about 2 months ago
You need to ask this question of the person in charge of the Masters course.
You are getting ahead of yourself anyway. Why are you thinking about failing a resit for an exam you haven't sat for the first time yet? Focus on what is in front of you right now and leave worring about resits until that time (if it ever happens).

Thread: CFA or EFA

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13-Jan-19, 02:46
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posted about 2 months ago
If you are peer reviewing papers which use these techniques as a foundation, and you don't know the techniques well enough to follow what they've done, then I think you have no option but to pass on this instance. You have to be honest with yourself about whether you think you can realistically give these papers a fair review. either positively or negatively.

If I remember, you are also writing up your thesis whilst doing this job full time so having to struggle with new techniques is presumably making a difficult situation considerably worse for you. I honestly don't know how you do it. That set of circumstances would have finished me off I think.

Nice to talk to you too. Sorry I don't have anything more constructive to offer.

Thread: Bullying technician

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13-Jan-19, 02:30
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posted about 2 months ago
My actions would depend on whether I had formally witnessed this or not.
If I personally witnessed it, I would intervene. Physically if necessary.
If I had not witnessed it I would try and figure whether the students affected could prove the allegations. If they could (via independent witnesses or whatever), as the student rep, I would help them instigate a full formal report at the highest level within the university and involve local press if necessary. I wouldn't bother going to his manager directly. I would ensure that these students had all the support they needed and would help them ensure the formal complaint was seen through to a conclusion.Talk to student services about this. They'll have a good grasp on the necessary procedures.

Thread: Competitiveness in Academia

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11-Jan-19, 16:59
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posted about 2 months ago
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@pm133, thanks so much for your advice! Actually, I think one of the problems I had is bipolar disorder and OCD, and getting bad-tempered because of that mental health. Sometimes, I feel so much energetic and ambitious, I think the only solution after settling down my situation is looking for a psychiatric counsellor.


Have you been medically diagnosed for either of those conditions?
If so, have you been prescribed medication?

Thread: CFA or EFA

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11-Jan-19, 16:57
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posted about 2 months ago
The quickest way to resolve this is to pick up the phone and call the corresponding author if you can find a number for them.

I don't know anything about these sorts of things but is there a difference in the way both techniques are described in papers where those terms are used? If so, can you correlate with the way the papers on your desk describe their methods?

Blog: Basic engineering

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10-Jan-19, 00:58
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posted about 2 months ago
I think it's pretty unhealthy to be influenced by who has posted before reading a thread. That is a very good way to narrow the range of views you are exposing yourself to.

Smiilarly it is not healthy to "hope" for responses from particular people.

Both these approaches will limit you professionally and personally.

Considering we are talking about anonymous people on a forum, it is especially bad news if you are also carrying these views into your day to day life.

You raise an interesting topic though and it's one I think most people go with. They just tend not to publicly admit it. It leads to cliques and inappropriate white knighting of others. That leads directly to the sort of abuses of power by supervisors which we continually hear stories about on this very forum. I wonder if anyone else will be brave enough to admit they do what you do :-)

Thread: Need Choices Please For Master's In Entrepreneurship. Online Or Full-Time?

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09-Jan-19, 10:34
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Two things come to mind.
Firstly, which universities are telling you that at 32 you are too old to study business?
Secondly, if you are already running a business why would you study business at uni. What is it you think you need which you can't get from books, online resources and networking with peers? The people teaching you by definition won't be business owners so what do you think they know that you don't?

Thread: publishing in academic press

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08-Jan-19, 23:36
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posted about 2 months ago
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I must apologise for my broad tone and should not have made such a generalisation. However I stick to the point that some fields have far lower expectations of published work than others. It is not to say they are any less valuable but that fields have different opinions on what is a significant contribution.


You are digging yourself quite the little hole here :-D

Thread: Terminally ill parent during PhD

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08-Jan-19, 14:22
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posted about 2 months ago
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I am in need of advice in a tough situation. A month ago, my mother was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer. Since treatment would prolong her life only a few months, she will most probably die in the next 3-4 months.
I am now eight months into a competitive PhD program and was just making progress with my project. I do not want to drop out or take a break that is too long since I have dreamed of becoming a researcher since school. Work keeps me focused, but I also feel guilty about being several hundred kilometers away and not helping my dad with caregiving.


This must be very difficult for you but I was interested when you used the phrase "I also feel guilty about being several hundred kilometers away and not helping my dad with caregiving."

This is primarily your dad's problem. It's why people get married. There are good times and then at the end there are difficult times. You should not be feeling an obligation to help. I would be horrified if any of my children felt guilty about me dying and I certainly would never ask them to put their careers on hold for me. That would be my wife's job unless she dies first in which case it would be my obligation to her to be there for her.The worst part of this is that you'd be doing it out of guilt rather than anything else.

There will be a time and a place for you to help out and it might be that you take a few short breaks to visit over the next few months but the idea of suspending your work for possibly unspecified number of months is going way beyond what should be expected of you.

Thread: Competitiveness in Academia

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08-Jan-19, 14:14
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From monkia:
@pm133, I totally agree with you, and I dont know how to get out of this, yes I think my attitude is a bad, I am thinking I am cursed although I am very ambitious.


You are not cursed and this isn't a problem of your level of ambition. You are simply being unreasonable with your expectations. You want everything to be perfect every day and you want everything to happen for you today.
You are assuming your career has to follow a path A-B-C and you are internally refusing to accept any deviation from that, with no experience or evidence to suggest your thoughts are correct. This is making your life miserable.

You should be asking your inner voice exactly why it is insisting that you should have had an impact at 28. Insist on an answer to this question. Almost nobody has an impact at that age. Why are you convinced then that you MUST have done so?

Same goes for the linear career path you talked about. Why does it need to be linear? Who is telling you this?

Both of these ideas are nonsense. If you can see that, you'll be a lot less stressed out.

Thread: Dilemma Another Postdoc (after a bad experience in both postdoc and PhD) ? Industry ?

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08-Jan-19, 14:09
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I don't have anything to add to what rewt and TQ have added above but I have to say that the advice given by Walter_Opera is very poor indeed. I would ignore all of it. There are reasons why certain people succeed and fail in academia and there is no formula for success. Some people get academic jobs without a PhD and without publishing whilst others with massive publication lists fail to land a job.
If this is what you want to pursue then do so until you decide for yourself that it's not going to work. You'll regret it if you terminate a career path on the back of a crushingly and needlessly negativity piece of advice.

Thread: Competitiveness in Academia

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08-Jan-19, 13:59
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You reckon it's too late to make a meaningful impact at 28 ???
I'm sorry but that is quite frankly absolutely ridiculous.
You also seem to be intent on hammering yourself for every error you make.

People who don't understand the roles time and making mistakes plays in our lives are setting themselves up for a lifetime of failure and misery.

From looking at your history of posts, it is clear to me that the biggest obstacle you face isn't your circumstances, your age or mistakes you have made. It's your attitude to all of this. I don't mean this to sound like I'm having a go at you. It's a genuine attempt to try to help.

If you continue like this you are either going to have a complete breakdown or you are going to end up in your 40s with the same issues.
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