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Thread: Is it ok to ask 3 reference letters to the same person?

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18-Dec-18, 20:02
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They would probably prefer if you asked for 3 at one time. They will copy and paste them and print them together. They know that applying for more than 1 uni is normal so won't see anything wrong.

Thread: Failed PhD

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15-Dec-18, 15:04
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Its good to hear positive stories like this. Beat the external examiner, straight into a job and have a real career. You are showing us there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Thread: Not academia or industry, what else?

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15-Dec-18, 15:02
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I am also second year of my PhD (lab based though) and have the same thoughts. I am trying to broaden my skills by doing those outreach events and conference organisation. It means more work but you will learn something from all the non-research roles that may come in useful in non-academic applications.

Thread: When are you really ready to start your PhD?

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15-Dec-18, 15:00
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I would take a break of some sort of maybe a few months. I regret not taking a few months to recharge and pursue other interest after university. It means you can go into your PhD fresh.

Though I agree with TreeofLife, join with the biggest cohort. Most universities (in the UK at least) have 3/4 intakes of PhDs a year and they vary in size. In the UK September is the biggest and you will make the most friends that way. It may vary round the world but you want to start with as many people as possible.

Thread: PhD viva failure. Re-submission and viva.

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15-Dec-18, 14:55
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Sort out your mental health first. Call someone ASAP and manage your health first. Your life is your priority not the PhD.

Though you do have a book which is amazing. Not many people get a book before they have even finished their PhD. That is impressive. Your external may be harsh but you have the potential to do very well. Don't let some words bring you down when you have achieved so much.

Thread: going to HK for PhD after Bachelor vs. staying in Europe for the Master

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15-Dec-18, 14:52
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You are right, reputation matters a lot in academic hiring. I would consider if your professor's reputation in his field and your ability to do good research with him (ie publish) makes up for the anti-Asian bias. If other graduates from his group are getting good jobs that is a good sign of your own prospects. You also have a good working relationship which is great to have (there are some horror stories out there). And you have basically described the perfect PhD; famous prof, successful lab, publications and good working environment but is in HK. I think you would be lucky to get as good of opportunity in the "west".

Thread: Bachelor's thesis requirement

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10-Dec-18, 20:16
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A disseration is nice in that you have actually achieved something. You have written a 10,000 (or so) word piece on a specific topic and come to some conclusions. You have shown writing, critical analysis and knoweldge skills that are transferable to a lot of applications. It is also the closest thing you will do in university to real work.

Though a lot of jobs don't require it and if you want a job outside your field it doesn't matter if you did a disseratation on it. My dissertation was on something completely different to what I am doing and will never be useful outside the skills I got. Literally the only time I talked about the content was in my PhD interview. But again a dissertation is a great interview question/answer, it shows knoweldge and skills. You can use to answer stuff like "how did you deal with a difficult/hard/large task?" or use it as example for strengths/weaknesses. Also if you are equal in the job process the person with a dissertation will look better.

Basically, the advantages of doing a dissertation is you build your skills and have something to talk about in interviews. After 5 years there isn't much advantage.

PS: This is all my opinion and consider other people's advice.
PPS: You will need to write a dissertation for your Master's so doing 1 now will be a lot of help

Thread: Bachelor's thesis requirement

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10-Dec-18, 11:16
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Not an expert but would depend on the masters course. If it is a taught masters it doesn't really matter but is nice. If it is a research masters with intention of a PhD, definitely do a dissertation.

Thread: Suggesting funding to a potential supervisor

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10-Dec-18, 11:14
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Depends. If you find a funding source and write a draft grant application yourself it should be fine. Write the proposal as best you can and ask would if they will support you in the application. Ie you are doing all the writing and they just give support. If you need advice with writing it, people on here should have some great advice.

It is not acceptable to suggest a source and expect them to do the legwork.

Thread: Top tips for finishing thesis (while working full time)

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09-Dec-18, 21:05
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I did a year of distance learning during a placement year where I wrote my masters dissertation. It was awful getting time to write until I found a neutral space where I could blaze any music. At my work there was an old office that had been converted to storage that was empty (of people). I could go there and play my music as loud as I wanted and only thing I ever did in that room was disseration work. I would go there for an hour after work each day with a laptop that only had my disseration stuff and music, to reduce temptation. But I had a space and a time dedicated to it, which signifcantly improved my concentration

Maybe come in an hour early every day aand go to a coffee shop? If you keep to that routine you might get more consitent results.

Thread: Individual DFG Research funding

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09-Dec-18, 20:57
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Can you write the application to say that you know it is risky but you can address it? So that it sounds less risky and draws the attention to what you want to achieve. A lot of applications are risky but if you can address them appropriately it should be fine.

Though it would be better to ask other people who know that funding body better. There should be someone in your department who has applied before and has some experince with what they expect. As every funding body is different and we can only give generic advice.

Thread: A Story For Anyone Who Has Had The External From Hell

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09-Dec-18, 16:53
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Yeah that must feel nice to get back. And massive kudos for posting of your success despite it all because I usually hear awful stories on this forum.

Though why do some universities choose such flawed external advisors? Your external was obviously invested in an idea/approach that ran in competition with your work. They were clearly not assessing your thesis as a work towards a PhD but the assessing idea itself. This does prove that you are able to defend your work even against your critics but your idea should not be attcaked in such a manner during a viva. A less invested and more impartial external would be far more critical examiner.

I know a viva should be hard but sometimes I think it is made far more difficult than is appropriate. A well written and meticulous thesis is worth a PhD even if the wider community disagrees with the content.

Thread: Transfer to another university in Ireland

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08-Dec-18, 13:51
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Hi Boo,

I don't have direct experince of studying in Ireland but I am Irish and am collaborating with a couple of Irish Universities. From my experience it is a good system. There are less PhD students but the quality is there. Though there is a general lack of money in the system after all the years of austerity which has hollowed out some of the physical infarstructure.

In general Irish people are very freindly. Literally ask for anything and people will do there best to help you (but dont be too demanding, its rude). So I doubt you will have any problems settling. Though from friends I have heard supervisors can be very very hands off. Where they will always make time for you and give you advice but will never give any direction. And they see it as your project and that they are only there incase something massively goes wrong. That is not all supervisors but I have heard it too much.

I don't think you will have too many problems if you are just generally friendly. Goodluck!

Thread: Quitting PhD Advice

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07-Dec-18, 10:06
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Quote From SnSn123:
Hello,
here is the same situation.. into the similiar situation after more than 2 years of my reseach.
Got into Internet for finding some advice. Don't know what to do. In dilemma .. :(
Did you people leave or did you continue ?


Hi SnSn123, this quite an old post and most of the participants are no longer active on the forum. If you want advice this the right place but I would recommend making a dedicated thread. Because a lot of people dont reply in ancient threads.

Though my quick advice is take a holiday. Christmas break is coming up and I would take that opportunity to forget about your PhD and relax. Come back with a new sense of being and re-evaluate your priorities as a PhD can lead to stress/burnout/tunnel vision that makes us good researchers but woeful at managing our own lives.

Thread: Troubles with organization and supervisor

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07-Dec-18, 10:01
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Sorry if I sounded too harsh, it wasn't intended and it can be difficult sometimes to express nuances in text (difficult for an engineer at least).

Though thousands of square meters of lab space and 4000 employees, sounds awesome. There will always be something going on and there should be a huge vat of institutional knowledge to draw on. They will be so helpful and probably far more useful than your supervisor. I am kinda envious but good luck!
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