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Thread: Advise:Looking for a job and they request the name of my supervisor?

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12-Aug-19, 10:55
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posted about 6 months ago
Zena85, did you ensure you had some good referees before you initiated your formal complaint?
If you didn't, this could get quite difficult for you.

Thread: I want to quit, but will regre the work I've put in

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12-Aug-19, 10:53
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posted about 6 months ago
Knowing when to quit is an important skill.
Maybe the timing is wrong for you, You can always try again later in life.

Thread: toxic lab environment

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08-Aug-19, 00:54
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posted about 6 months ago
Glad to be of help.
When things go wrong it can be difficult to avoid getting sidetracked by stuff like this.
You have the right idea of taking a break to re-think how to proceed.
Good luck with it.

Thread: toxic lab environment

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03-Aug-19, 13:01
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Your core issue here is your lack of progress in your PhD but instead of focussing purely on fixing this you are obsessing over what your colleague is doing. This has absolutely nothing to do with you whatsoever and I would back away from this immediately before it starts to affect your work and your health. I am sensing some jealousy and some resentment in your post. Really this is neither appropriate nor helpful to you. If your PhD was working fine I am pretty sure you wouldn't care how your colleague was behaving.

Leave your colleague alone. You have more important issues to deal with. If working weekends isn't helping, talk to your supervisor. That is what they are there for and this is when you find out how good they really are. Once your PhD starts working again you'll find your colleague's behaviour won't matter to you.

Thread: Is my PhD ready to implode?

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03-Aug-19, 12:43
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posted about 6 months ago
You should ignore your supervisors opinions now. This nonsense about 10 years without a large income is absolute horseshit. How on earth is he able to predict your future with such certainty? How can someone who has presumably never worked outside academia possibly know whether you'll be overqualified with a Phd? It's laughable nonsense.
Focus on your PhD, keep working hard and like virtually every other student out there you'll get your PhD certificate and be able to move on.
This guy sounds like a grade A arsehole who is deliberately trying to force you out because if you fail it will look bad on his record.
He also doesn't want to pull the plug, he wants you to do that. Stick to your guns. Let him pull the trigger. I bet he won't.

Thread: A hazardous supervisor?

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28-Jul-19, 01:31
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posted about 7 months ago
Technically your primary supervisor has not told you how many hours to dedicate to continued data collection.
There is nothing whatsoever to stop you allocating 5-10 hours per week collecting and the remainder of your week analysing what data you already have. Only after completing your current analysis do you attempt to analyse the new data (if and only if there is time). I would even tell the guy that you are prepared to continue analysing the new data after the PhD funding ends. This should keep him at bay.

Cut off your primary supervisor as much as possible, working from home if needed. Let him chase you for progress updates etc and be vague when responding. At this stage you should need this person much anyway.

This is a pretty passive aggressive way to play things but it should work quite well.

Thread: Complicated feelings about applying to programs after being in one PhD program

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28-Jul-19, 01:22
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posted about 7 months ago
Why is age a factor for you at only 40?
As for what you should do?
It's difficult to advise but personally I would be looking out for what I wanted and not what anyone else (even a supportive newly tenured professor) wanted. You owe nothing to anyone but yourself.

Thread: Landlord and tenant...

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28-Jul-19, 01:19
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posted about 7 months ago
Hope I'm not too late with some advice TQ.
When it comes to working or doing business with someone ALWAYS trust your gut.
If you weren't feeling time pressured to sort something out would you walk away?
Personally if I have an off feeling about anyone I would always walk from the deal.
It's all about people in my experience. If you don't have that up front it'll be trouble in the end.

Thread: Explaining the PhD to people not in academia

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22-Jul-19, 10:46
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posted about 7 months ago
You don't have to justify your life choices to anyone but yourself.
The people on long hours and low pay would be better off focussing on their own lives rather than trying to make you feel bad.

Thread: Molecular biologist position in academia

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16-Jul-19, 12:04
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posted about 7 months ago
It's good to have an exit plan when you walk into any job regardless of qualifications or experience.

As for their lack of success applying for jobs, it could be down to a number of things. I wouldn't necessarily accept that it's over-qualification and/or lack of real world experience unless they are being told this explicitly. People do use these two things as a ready excuse. I'm not saying that this is the case for your colleagues but the majority of people I have met throughout my career who struggle to get work, struggle for very good reasons unrelated to their ability.

This real world experience thing is interesting. Employers will be looking for academically minded people who understand time budgets, cost awareness and have an understanding that if you are trying to create things like a new chocolate bar recipe, you don't look at reactions which use Rhodium catalysts etc.
I have seen some large companies insist that you have at least one or two postdocs before they'll hire a PhD researcher so it's not a clear picture.

My advice to these colleagues would be to look at the job specs and work out which things they are missing. Then actively figure out how to acquire those things. It's probably not a good thing to wait until the end of your academic career to work these things out.

Thread: Molecular biologist position in academia

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15-Jul-19, 13:12
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posted about 7 months ago
Ha ha. Yep that sounds familiar.
Academics will or should have a host of softskills which are highly sought after in industry.
I wouldn't worry too much about it to be honest.
Sounds like your postdocs have been ground down a bit. Not surprised by that. It's not a great environment from what I have experienced.

Thread: Freaking out about the version of My PhD thesis submitted for correction😥😥

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12-Jul-19, 14:25
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posted about 7 months ago
Identify a key sentence on one of the pages which you know are different in the two versions.
Then ask your internal to urgently compare with the external ASAP to see there's a match.
Raising a flag might then allow you the opportunity to re-send the thesis.

The key thing is to stop thinking and worrying about it and get the phone call made.
Today if possible.

I can't see any problems getting this sorted if the worst comes to the worst.
Simply re-send the correct thesis and apologise like hell.
Perhaps your thesis hasn't been read yet.

Thread: Molecular biologist position in academia

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12-Jul-19, 14:20
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posted about 7 months ago
rewt, what are you basing that on?

Thread: Unsure about starting PhD

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12-Jul-19, 14:20
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posted about 7 months ago
Agree with rewt here.
A PhD emotionally and mentally taxes the strongest amongst us.
I would never recommend undertaking one unless you sort out your mental health issues first.
In particular, I would be very concerned that your response, to what you thought was a poor Masters project, was to avoid the viva and your other exams.
This tells me you are not in a good place at all and I'm afraid it is highly likely that if your PhD hits problems (which it will) that you will struggle to cope.
You need a good base camp from which to explore your research topic. After you have that, sure go ahead.

Thread: My PhD supervisor does experiments on me is this common?

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12-Jul-19, 06:20
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posted about 7 months ago
This is odd behaviour and might indicate 1 of 2 things.
Either the fault lies with your ability or your supervisor is a nightmare.
Either way, it doesn't look good.

It might be time for you to consider throwing in the towel and trying elsewhere.
If your supervisor is a nightmare at 3-7 months can you imagine what they'll be like over the next 3-5 years?

Who was it who marked your failed assessment? Was that your supervisor or another member of staff?
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