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Thread: Should you continue with your PhD if you're not passionate about the subject?

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28-Aug-19, 22:00
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This is a general should I quit post. There are some very good articles on the internet that answer this question better than we ever could. Though you can always continue on your PhD while you consider your options or apply for other jobs.

To answer your question from the other thread, impostor syndrome is generally where you feel like a fraud or got to where you are by luck. It is pretty common among PhD students who become overly anxious about their work/lack of progress and doubt their sanity. I am not a medical doctor and think you should investigate this yourself.

Thread: Advice needed on full/part time masters

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28-Aug-19, 21:47
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Plenty of people have done degrees and masters while working part-time. I have also seen many of them succeed, so things aren't stacked against you. Like everyone you are going to have to manage your time well and you will have to prioritise certain things. The masters can be a chance to start over and your previous history will not affect you as long as you put the effort in.

Also can you not read on the train? I find I can focus on certain activities better on the bus as there are less distractions. So i think you should focus on finding something productive you can do on the train.

Thread: Am I going to achieve my goals?

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28-Aug-19, 21:37
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We have all made mistakes and a PhD is the perfect place to learn from them. You shouldn't doubt yourself to so much over 1 proposal, we have all been there. If you can learn from the mistakes and fix them you should be fine.

Sorry I can't help withe the associateship as don't know anything about it and I don't understand your problem. Is your supervisor stopping you or is there a time limit?

Thread: PhD and PTSD from prior experiences.

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26-Aug-19, 21:38
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Supervisors can react very differently to mental health issues. They can either be really supportive and give you the space/time needed or tell you to "man up" like they did. I think it depends partially on their own PhD experience and they mimic what they had to endure. So you really need to judge your supervisors for yourself and get a feel for how they did.

Though I do think that you should see the university therapist or equivalent and make some formal notes on the university system that you did it. That can give you some insurance for bad supervisor reactions or extensions.

Thread: Summer Thesis Submission

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23-Aug-19, 08:03
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At my uni it can take up to 6 months for a viva. I think a lot of it depends on how fast your external is at reviewing it and then finding a suitable date. They are the biggest factor not the time of year.

Thread: Intellectual property issues

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21-Aug-19, 10:55
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Unless you are commercializing the research I think this an authorship problem. Acknowledgement on all future papers sounds quite significant. I know authorship/acknowledgements vary depending on field but a never ending commitment is a lot, especially if you are going to compete with them. The project might be your idea but if you are not contributing anything after that.

Generally I think that you should get authorship if you contributed to the specific paper (either data collection or writing) and acknowledgement if you supported the authors for that specific paper. I would suggest authorship on any paper that uses your protocols or the first paper from the study (sort of as an acknowledgement). Authorship is a lot better than an acknowledgement and 1-2 papers sounds reasonable.

Thread: Tips on applying for post-docs in UK, potentially in slightly different field

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20-Aug-19, 17:58
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Have you tried networking. Like reach out to that famous professor or your old supervisor for a coffee and talk about possible job opportunities. The number of post-docs I know that got recommended for their job is kinda crazy. If you tell some connected people in your research department that you are looking for X or Y, they might be able to recommend you to someone at a conference or collaborator. It is a long shot but you might get lucky

Thread: PhD Funding for 4th Year [Lack of data during PhD]

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20-Aug-19, 17:51
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The university wants you to finish the PhD in the least amount of time possible. So I would focus on showing that you can finish (you have good data) and that you have a plan to finish by X date (people love gantt charts). If you show both of them you should get an extension.

Honestly I think it us unlikely you will get funding for a full year. As funding for a 4th year is just incredibly rare even under extreme circumstances. I don't know of anyone who has got full funding for a 4th year and some people have had worse conditions than you.

Thread: Applying for a PhD

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20-Aug-19, 17:32
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Choosing your own topic will be a lot harder but there are ways to find funding. Before approaching an academic; choose an area you want to work in, find a gap in literature and have a very rough methodology, ie can it actually be done. Those questions should be answered before you approach an academic. When you contact an academic you can then discuss the project and you should ask whether they would like to supervise you and possible funding sources. That is very rough but should get you started.

Or you could make a general approach to sports science lecturer about PhD opportunities and see what happens.

Thread: Help! Do I continue my PhD?

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20-Aug-19, 12:44
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Your progress sounds typical and I wouldn't worry. You aren't meeting YOUR expectations but we all aim to high when we first start. A PhD is 3 years for a reason and I would consider how your skills have progressed so far. Also you didn't say what your supervisor said and I think you might have imposter syndrome

I think if you enjoy the project itself you will finish. As if you enjoy the work it will compensate for the bits you enjoy less.

Thread: Master thesis " help please "

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20-Aug-19, 08:50
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What is your link with the company?

I also did my dissertation with a company (they were fully supportive BTW) and they signed an NDA with the university. The university didn't publish my dissertation and restricted access, in return I got to use a lot of sensitive data.

Thread: Working as a British Council Language Assistant during the writing up year

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13-Aug-19, 21:47
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Plenty of students have taken part-time jobs when writing up, so don't worry. Though I have stories of people losing their motivation to write after a long days work. I would just make sure that the job is not too taxing and that you will have some energy to write afterwards.

Good luck with the write up!

Thread: Minor revisions - editor decision taking ages

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13-Aug-19, 21:44
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I would email again. Two weeks is definitely more than shortly.

Thread: 1) PhD re-advertised, do I assume I am unsuccessful? 2) Advice on finding a PhD

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10-Aug-19, 19:00
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Sorry about the delay.

1) Sounds like you have been passed over. Doesn't stop you re-applying for the PhD or calling the university asking for confirmation/feedback.

2) I know at my uni there are 3 intake times a year and you join at the closest time period. There are a lot of PhD spots that advertise year round and the will accept students when they find the right student, not just September.

Thread: Lost all interest after my viva!!

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10-Aug-19, 18:56
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Do you think a change of scenery would help? Like could you start writing up in a cafe or a library or change the format of your study? As i have had the same problem with revision during undergrad, I started disliking the space because of the association with the activity. Becoming comfortable in your surroundings makes things easier.

Have you at least worked out how much you can keep. There might be a massive amount of work but look at how much you don't have to rewrite. Maybe if you start restructuring it you might think it is less than you initially thought. Anxiety can wreck you when you keep delaying an action until the point you have over-estimated the difficulty.
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