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Thread: Quitting before I've started

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04-Sep-18, 12:55
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posted about 4 months ago
Quote From Dj117751:
Thanks for your responses. I will consider them closely. I changed my mind for a number of reasons:

I lack a passion for the project and planned to treat the PhD like a job
I have no desire to become an acedemic
I was strongly motivated to take a PhD to get rich, though I am now aware there are easier ways to do this
I want to move on and switch up cities, as I have been in one place since my undergrad and I am excitied for a change
I don't think I'm capable of completing the work required to get a PhD

Are these good reasons? I am open to suggestions please help me :)


If you don't have the passion or interest you will struggle. There are crunch times that will require stupid amounts of work. You will need to be self motivated as your supervisor will probably not be that helpful and can be a struggle for motivation even if you are passionate.

Just be honest with the supervisor, your reasons are very valid. If he is worth is salt he can reopen the application process and transfer the money to someone else.

Thread: Writing buddies? Accountability to meet end-of-summer deadlines

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03-Sep-18, 18:26
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posted about 4 months ago
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Argh!!! Anyone else feels like other stuff just keeps being piled on your plate, cutting into your writing time? I'm so far behind schedule :(


100% yes! Literally everyday I add more things to my to do list that complete. Never going to finish it.

But I am prioritizing my work and setting aside certain amount of the day for writing. Like I have found that the most productive time for my writing is 9-10 in the morning. Everyday without fail that is my writing time even it means delaying other work in the lab or meetings. Like a journal paper has far more priority over a poster. I would love to make that poster perfect or do 5 repeats instead of 3 but I know my limits. I gave up being a perfectionist, which I sometimes regret.

Thread: Quitting before I've started

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03-Sep-18, 12:42
by rewt
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posted about 4 months ago
What changed your mind?

Though if you feel strongly that you don't want to do a PhD, just be honest with the supervisor. It would be even worse if 6 months in you realise that you aren't enjoying it and quit. Don't be emotionally blackmailed into doing a PhD, it is probably one of the worst reasons to do a PhD.

Thread: PhD or job?

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03-Sep-18, 12:34
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posted about 4 months ago
Do you enjoy your PhD? Do you think you will enjoy the job more? Or are you just fed up with student life?

These are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself. Quitting a PhD is a big decision and I wouldn't do it lightly. Though if I wanted advice I would give a bit more context, so that people can actually help with the decision.

Thread: Want to do postdoc with mentor - request 4 advice

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31-Aug-18, 20:39
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posted about 5 months ago
If you got on well and are writing a paper together, she won't be offended if you ask and probably take it as a compliment you want to work with her. So just ask. You might have to work around funding but that is a normal.

I don't understand what is holding you back? If she has confidence in you to take you in for a month, mentor you and then write a paper with you, she definitely has confidence in you! Don't doubt yourself.

Thread: Is it possible to link your phD to industry scheme after staring?

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31-Aug-18, 13:01
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posted about 5 months ago
You can definitely try and I wish you the best of luck. As the industrial sponsors regularly hire the PhD students when they finish.

Have you talked with your supervisor about this and talked with the administrators in your department? They should be very helpful and tell you what is/isn't possible.

Thread: abstract for conference

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31-Aug-18, 12:58
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posted about 5 months ago
200 words is usually a good abstract size and I think 500 words is a bit long unless they want detailed methods&results. Do they give any guidance on what to include and have you covered all those points?

Thread: Online or Blended Learning Masters Nutrition?

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30-Aug-18, 12:01
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posted about 5 months ago
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Primarily it’s the opportunity to learn and develop a deeper understanding about a subject I’m extremely passionate about. The challenge also appeals to me greatly.
I’m also very open to career change, and if successful moving into food policy government/private sector or possibly sports nutrition & high performance.
I think the combination of an MSc & senior management experience in pharma could open doors in an emerging field.
Would value opinions & thoughts on my perspective here.
Thx
Kieron


I don't want to be too harsh here but I don't think doing a distance learning masters will help in any of those career paths. You have senior management experience in pharma (which is very good) but a masters is not going to make you an expert in a new field. The masters degree probably won't add that much value to your already good CV. As to be honest masters are not like they were 20 years ago, you can literally just turn up and get a 2:2 or if you lucky a 2:1 without doing any real work/learning.

Though if you enjoy the subject and passionate go for it. Do it for your own self development and fun. I just don't think it will open that many doors.

PS: I am only a PhD student

Thread: Feeling v incompetent and discouraged

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29-Aug-18, 14:56
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posted about 5 months ago
Take a holiday and get a hobby!

It sounds like you have burnout. Take some time for yourself and regain composure. Literally do anything but your PhD for even a weekend and you fell a lot better and motivated. Too much of one things kills the enjoyment and it sounds like you are more than capable to do the finish.

Thread: Non-critical supervisors

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29-Aug-18, 14:53
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posted about 5 months ago
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I think it the polite way to put is that my supervisors are very "European" and I am very "English" in how we approach conversations

I think I can guess they are "very south European" where talking direct is not common and the general attitude is not to criticise work unless things are really bad.
I agree with the opinions above about asking more question which requires specific answers and seeking other academics feedback.


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That's funny - I was thinking the opposite - that they were Northern / Eastern European and needed rewt to ask more directly instead of sort of hinting (the English way). Rewt? :-D


Between them they are northern and southern European (non-UK supervisory team)

And I think they are very direct/literal in what the say and how they say it. Though as I am not specifically asking for their criticism or advice they don't give any, and assume everything is okay. It appears that it is mostly the UK that thinks it is too polite to speak freely and ask for help, but they have no issues with that.

So sorta both right.

Thread: Non-critical supervisors

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28-Aug-18, 18:59
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posted about 5 months ago
Thanks for the support. The more I think about it I need to be a bit more assertive as I am too polite. I think it the polite way to put is that my supervisors are very "European" and I am very "English" in how we approach conversations. So I need to be a bit more clear about my need for feedback.

The publishing problem is a whole different kettle of fish and I sort of agree with them at the minute. So you probably see another thread in a few months about that :wink:

Thread: First year probation review

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28-Aug-18, 18:53
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posted about 5 months ago
Trying to answer the possible questions beforehand is a good idea but you don't need to memorize them. This isn't a test but you just need to seem confident and have an idea what you want to say. You don't want them to ask a question that you had never thought about before. Your answers don't need to be perfect

The anxiety will always be there but the interviewers will be nice and try and calm you. If you get lost for words just ask if you can have a moment and drink some water. It is an easy trick to calm your nerves and regain composure.

Thread: Short survey

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28-Aug-18, 18:47
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posted about 5 months ago
That is frankly the oddest survey I ever done. Shows me some random videos involving a horse and the next question is about my salary. Well done indeed!

Thread: First year probation review

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27-Aug-18, 20:07
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posted about 5 months ago
It is not in the interest of the university to fail you, just remember that.

I am in a similar position were I have to submit a 6000 word summary of my work so far and then do a mini viva/interview. Haven't don't the interview yet but from what I hear is that they want to know;

a) have you done some work or have a plan to do some work
b) actually understand what you have done/written -
c) give you some experience in this situation as you will have to defend your work one day.

They aren't looking to fail you but just give you a friendly challenge so that you can improve. I know in my uni it is like a 90%+ pass rate. So just relax and be confident!

Thread: Non-critical supervisors

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27-Aug-18, 19:59
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by rewt
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posted about 5 months ago
Thankyou for the reassurance, Tudor. It is nice to have a place were you can post things without judgement while getting useful help.

I think my supervisors are a mixture of the first two points with the field not being natural to them plus assuming that I know what I am doing. I kinda surprised them when I started my PhD with a clear plan of what I wanted to do. So since day one I have been mostly independent and they just left me to my own thing, though they helped me a lot with methodologies, lab space/equipment and paperwork. This is the first time I really needed significant guidance/advice and I need to be a bit more clear on that. I do know that I am bad a bottling feelings and being too polite when asking for things. Also, I don't want to change supervisors because they are v.good in other regards.

I would love to submit a paper but I have issues with my primary supervisor wanting to produce a perfect paper before submitting. As my project is more of proving a concept that can be very easily replicated, so there is a high chance of being gazumped if I try to publish preliminary results (also a v.good chance of getting into a top-tier journal). So I feel limited on publishing. It also doesn't help that their opinion is to do lots of work then only publish the best bits without her actually knowing all that needs done. She literally has the approach "I feel we need more data" but doesn't know what of!!!! Arghhh!!!!!

So yeah, I need to somehow to sit my supervisors down and clearly say "I need help with this". Hopefully it might work.
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