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Thread: Every time I hear Elon Musk I feel a pity about PhD

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13-Apr-19, 14:20
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posted about 6 months ago
monikaa,

You are not going to help the process of re-discovering yourself by making completely inappropriate comparisons between yourself and someone like Elon Musk and then trying to change your entire philosophy based on what you think he would have done in your situation. That thought process is going to land you straight back at square one I'm afraid.

Thread: Every time I hear Elon Musk I feel a pity about PhD

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13-Apr-19, 14:16
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posted about 6 months ago
Let's be very clear here.
Elon Musk is very charismatic, has great vision and is exceptionally good at prizing money from the pockets of rich investors.
Beyond that, I am struggling to understand the global rush to "white knight" this individual.

The truly smart people he is riding on the crest of are his workforce. Musk isn't coding, designing hardware, testing rockets or building any of his cars.

Business-wise, he is a serial failure and most of his companies appear to be loss-making.
He is no different from Richard Branson. The reward for thousands of the Tesla employees who sacrificed their personal lives to help him hit his targets is likely to be mass unemployment.

It's easy to be successful when you are spending billions of pounds of other peoples money and thus able to recruit the best scientists and engineers to turn your dreams into actual products. Without either of these things, Musk would be a dreamer like the rest of us.

Be very careful who you idolise in life.

Thread: Brain Cancer

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11-Apr-19, 03:06
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posted about 6 months ago
So let me get this right Nathalie.
You are asking us whether it is OK to avoid going to a medical professional for help and instead go to organised criminals to buy illegal drugs for a condition you may not even have?
Or are you, more likely, just trying to hawk your own drugs on this site?

Thread: Training courses and/or skills on CV?

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11-Apr-19, 02:59
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posted about 6 months ago
Just to back up TQs comment.
That advice is absolute gold.
Don't just say you have a desired skill. Prove it.
If you can do that for 60% of the skills required and mitigate away the others you'll find you'll get more interview offers.
I was taught that 30 years ago and it transformed my job hunting success.

Thread: My Next Adventure

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08-Apr-19, 22:37
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posted about 6 months ago
What makes you think the opportunities advertised on this website are for 20-30 year olds?
There is no age limit for a PhD and you are certainly not too old to undertake one.
I am sure there are older people than you on here who have done so.

You should look for opportunities which excite you and take it from there without regard for your age.
I should warn you though about your expectations. It is highly unlikely your PhD will have any serious impact on society (whatever you really mean by that). PhD students are rookie researchers. They are really designed to train you up for future impact.

Thread: Physics graduate looking to make a change. What should I do my Master's in?

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08-Apr-19, 22:33
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posted about 6 months ago
It's a bit difficult for anyone to advise you if you don't tell us what you are interested in.

Thread: Who Decides the Value and the Credibility of Research Work

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07-Apr-19, 08:43
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posted about 6 months ago
So basically everyone is corrupt in your field but you?
Is this the message you are trying to convey here because that's how I read your post.
I am not sure this attitude is going to be particularly helpful to you.

Thread: Brexit

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07-Apr-19, 08:38
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posted about 6 months ago
It's not Brexit which bothers me. After all it's a complex thing and there isn't a clear majority view on how to proceed. Such is life. It will get resolved sooner or later.

What really is getting on my nerves is the 10 percenters (the extremists) on both sides who are constantly screeching for attention. Those are the people who talk about the sky falling down if the other side get their way. If there was an internet filter for that type of person, the world would be a happier place and everyone's broadband would run a lot faster. If parliament wasnt full of this type of person we would have had a resolution to this already. I am absolutely convinced of that.

I haven't changed my position. I voted Remain and still think this is the best position but if we get a Hard Brexit then so be it. We'll be fine in the longer term either way. We had two world wars in 30 years and our country didnt collapse. Nobody will convince me that there is a form of Brexit which could cause us more difficulty than that period in our history.

Thread: How can I get better at writing essays?

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07-Apr-19, 08:24
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posted about 6 months ago
It is not possible to write a first draft of any worthwhile piece of work without it having flaws of some sort.
To become a better writer you need to do just three things.

1) Write stuff.
2) Get, and act on constructive feedback.
3) Go to step 1 again. Rinse and repeat.

Thread: Corrections - Wonky References?

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07-Apr-19, 08:19
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posted about 6 months ago
Your supervisor is ignoring you because you don't need their help any more at this stage. I would be very surprised if anyone redponded to your queries.
The others are correct. Just get on with the changes. You are absolutely overthinking things.

Thread: Training courses and/or skills on CV?

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07-Apr-19, 08:16
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posted about 6 months ago
I have no idea what academia looks for in a CV (beyond "who you know", who really does) but, as regards industry, experience trumps training.

Thread: PhD application process

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29-Mar-19, 07:11
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posted about 7 months ago
5 weeks is a long time to wait but academics can be notoriously slow at getting back to people.
I would continue to look for other opportunities in the meantime in case this one doesn't come through for you.

Thread: Should I quit my Master's after 2 months into the program? Please help!

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21-Mar-19, 19:49
by pm133
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posted about 7 months ago
Is your gut instinct pulling you in any particular direction?

Thread: 1st class, but should I do MRes before PhD?

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21-Mar-19, 19:46
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posted about 7 months ago
You have the right background to be accepted into a PhD position.
That is absolutely fine.

I'm not clear on what your other problem is though.
Are you unsure if you want to commit to 4 years?

Thread: Making all the wrong moves when changing PhD

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21-Mar-19, 19:39
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posted about 7 months ago
There's a lesson here for others. When you make rash decisions it can unfortunately seriously limit your options going forward - certainly in the short term.

You need to find a way of stepping back and thinking about your longer term options here and that may well include leaving academia for a while.

For anyone else in this situation, I would strongly advise three things:-

1) Never ignore more than one warning about a supervisor.
2) Always avoid making emotionally charged decisions. Ego-based decisions will leave you hanging out to dry more often than not.
3) Find another job BEFORE you quit your current one unless you have enough money to support yourself for 6 months without work.

Of course, circumstances might dictate a more rash approach but it's best to avoid that if at all possible.

Good luck with your situation. Hopefully another PhD position will come along before you have to go down another career route.
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