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Thread: Keeping yourself motivated around people who aren't that driven. In search of a study buddy.

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02-Aug-18, 22:55
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posted about 4 months ago
To be honest stargazer, if you need a buddy to get motivated you are going to struggle.
Whilst it is nice to have someone to bounce ideas off or shoot the breeze with, you cannot abdicate responsibility for your own motivation. Be careful that you are not creating a culture of dependency for yourself because the most committed study buddy in the world will move on one day or will go through their own phase where they can't help you because they are drowning themselves.

I don't understand why the people around you are affecting your motivation. I think you need to be aiming to be a bit more independent. That is one of the key skills the PhD is trying to bring out in you. You need to start ignoring what those around you are doing. They will have a lifetime of explaining away their decisions and behaviours.

It might sound like I am having a go at you here but that's not my intention. It's just that your post sets alarm bells ringing for me. I might be misunderstanding what you are after though.

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I think my confusion is coming from the fact that your first and second posts are diametrically opposed to one another. Your first sounds a bit needy and dependent but the second is the sort of thing I would have expected to hear you say. Maybe all you have to do is tell yourself that whilst you would like a buddy, you don't NEED anyone else.

Thread: Starting a PGCE while PhD is under examination?

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28-Jul-18, 19:55
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posted about 5 months ago
I am in the same boat as satchi here. I have considered teaching for quite a while. The teaching itself would be fine as would all the admin etc. but the problem would be that I wouldnt be able to handle ill-discipline in the classroom knowing I had neither the power to properly deal with troublemakers nor the support of my school even if I did.
I am also passionately of the opinion that those with specialist needs are not helped by forcing them through mainstream schooling. I think this is the root of a lot of problems and comes from the sort of handwringing, gesture politics which drives me insane. The job goes way beyond teaching and into the realms of social work and frankly I simply wouldnt suit this type of work at all.

I have been critical of teachers before and in my opinion rightly so for a whole range of reasons, but in fairness for those actually doing the job properly it must be very difficult.

Thread: Dealing with rejection of journal article during PhD

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25-Jul-18, 17:47
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posted about 5 months ago
You need to stop taking these comments so seriously. They are meaningless in the scheme of things. It's a bunch of academics who are exerting their one area of power under the cloak of anonymity.
My final academic paper was heavily maths based and took me 18 months of living out of my comfort zone to finish the work and write up. It nearly finished me off.
Reviewer A said it was dreadful and looked like a "low level" student had written it. Fortunately for me, his ego forced him to demonstrate his mastery over me by providing many many pages of detailed notes on how HE would have written it. I simply ignored the abuse, thanked him profusely for his kind guidance and made the exact changes he asked for. It was published on the next submission although he did snipe that it had risen to the level of a report written by a "middling" student.
These people and their opinions simply do not matter in the scheme of things. I guarantee that every successful published academic has a series of these types of responses to their own papers. Those dishing out abuse will have had their own papers crucified as well.

Thread: Dealing with rejection of journal article during PhD

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25-Jul-18, 11:26
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I'm afraid rejection is part and parcel of academic life.
Pick another journal with a lower impact factor and try again.

Thread: The cost of quitting a PhD

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24-Jul-18, 23:36
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posted about 5 months ago
Your first point is a reasonable one but if the gap was an issue he would not be getting interviews.
Once you reach the interview stage you are on a level playing field with the other candidates.
The problem is more likely to do with how he is handling the questions about that gap.
Doing things like calling the job Research Assistant sounds clever but it's not tackling the core problem (because he is getting lots of interviews) and it probably won't work anyway because a quick phone call to his uni will reveal the lie and anyway they will know he is lying when he fails to provide a reference from that job. Dont underestimate HR department staff. They are not all clueless in my experience.

I will have a think about how he can better answer questions about the gap.
Iwan's initial answer is exactly correct but I want to know how he handles the second question about whether he gives up easily. In my opinion that is maybe where the battle is lost.

I think we need a response from Iwan addressing our points before we can get to the root of it.

Thread: I am unsure what subject I could possibly teach after postgraduate study...

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24-Jul-18, 18:28
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posted about 5 months ago
If you want to teach in schools in the UK for example, your degree will determine what you are allowed to teach. That is certainly true in Scotland although the rest of the UK may be more flexible in that regard.

It therefore will not necessarily be something you have any choice over.

Thread: The cost of quitting a PhD

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24-Jul-18, 18:25
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You are correct TQ. Most companies dont need PhD qualified employees and just want to know what happened during those years.
Most of us will have one or two gaps in our CV's over the years.
This is why I asked iwan about how frequently he/she is experiencing this because I cant understand why this is an issue for any employer.

Thread: *PhD Student, Advice Needed!* - Part Time and Distance Learner

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24-Jul-18, 18:17
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I dont know what you mean by "impact" but if you want to feel connected you should get into the uni as often as you can and meet up with people. Is one afternoon a week realistic?

To be honest, it is hard enough to get noticed by academic staff as a full time student never mind a part time one. You'll need to work very hard on this aspect. Students are bottom of the foodchain and unless they do something extraordinary I cant imagine full time staff wanting to have anything to do with them. It's a good sign that you are thinking in these terms well in advance though.

Thread: Postdoc in academia to industry

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24-Jul-18, 15:33
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I am not persuaded at all that the jobs market is worse than it was 30 years ago. Companies have always wanted experience.
I think things are much easier now because the internet gives easy access to jobs everwhere. It used to be a nightmare in the 90's.

Dont focus just on big companies. The vast majority of all companies are small companies who cant afford to advertise jobs through traditional routes and in the main struggle to find the time to even write adverts.
If you stick to big companies you will be competing with every Tom, Dick and Harry for a job which is likely to be very restrictive. With smaller companies you get exposure to a much wider set of skills.
Worth bearing in mind.

Thread: Postdoc in academia to industry

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23-Jul-18, 20:17
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posted about 5 months ago
The biggest problem is finding the right job.
Getting any old job is less tricky.

Thread: The cost of quitting a PhD

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23-Jul-18, 20:13
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posted about 5 months ago
How many rejections have you had?
How many mentioned your PhD in the terms you describe above?

Thread: Long term academia

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20-Jul-18, 19:56
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I think there is a growing number who do a PhD because they either cant secure a job or they cant decide what job to do and therefore see the PhD as a way of delaying a decision.
I know of quite a few who have done that.

Thread: Managing your Supervisor

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20-Jul-18, 00:15
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posted about 5 months ago
rewt, there are three immediate reasons I can think of as to why she is engaging in such obvious avoidance techniques.
She is either not interested in your work, unable to understand your work and unwilling to admit it or she doesn't want to get involved because she sees that as your responsibility to figure it out.
Either way, this passive aggressive approach is extremely unhelpful. I would not allow her to indulge in that. Dont let her witter on for 25 minutes on her own stuff. Learn some assertiveness techniques to force her hand. Personally. I would flush her out by making my questions progressively more focussed and then if needed I would directly ask her if she was following my line of reason. That would at least help you rule out one of the three. I would then ask her directly if she thought I should be resolving these problems myself. Then I would have my answer as to the reason for her behaviour. The difficulty then starts when you have to resolve the problem but you need to know what her problem is first.

Thread: Revise and resubmit-passed viva exam second time round!

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20-Jul-18, 00:03
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posted about 5 months ago
Quote From AlphaOmega:
pm133 there is, in fact, a huge body of literature on gender equality and difference (google Luce Irigaray and This Sex Which is Not One); because you do not frequent circles where it is debated it does not mean the the debate does not exist.



I said it is not discussed ENOUGH. I did not say the debate did not exist.

If you are going to jump down my throat, which you are perfectly entitled to do if you wish, please at least have the decency to actually read what I have written before doing so.

Thread: Postdoc in academia to industry

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19-Jul-18, 14:36
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posted about 5 months ago
There is no reason for you to target entry level technician roles.
Of course, you may end up having to accept such a role but you shouldnt accept that unless you have to.
Industry does look for experience but yor PhD and postdoc will definitely count as that.
Be brave, appreciate your value and dont undersell yourself.
By the way, you should ignore the expected skills and experience list. People who write job specs rarely know what they are looking for other than a CV which excites them. A CV from a Doctor will excite.
Simply tailor your CV to the job and send your application in if the job is for you.
Be prepared to send a LOT of CVs. Finding a job is a full time job.
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