Signup date: 05 May 2008 at 6:11pm
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hi forum admin,
there's something wrong when i try to write posts (replies to posts) on this forum: my cursor gets lost halfway through my post and i can't write anymore. after a few minutes of waiting it reappears somewhere in the post and then i can continue for a bit, then it disappears again. what's going on? i've got a bog-standard windows pc and i'm using firefox.
it's driving me crazy.
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IMO it's extremely important to be visible and known in your department. even if you don't want to stay at the same uni later on it's important to be in the network. this is because the network is far more international than most people realise. everyone knows everyone and if they don't know you or can't enquire about you then you're going to find it hard getting a job later on. this is also why it's important to go to (international) conferences during your studies (i've been doing so for years and years now, ever since my 6th semester) so that you get to know the right people. socialising and occasionally asking questions after talks is really important. a good way of getting to know people is also writing them mails and asking for difficult to find articles. these kinds of mails can turn into interesting discussions on research.
i won't have office space in my first year, but i will certainly make sure that i show my face in the department every day and work in the PG room, even if it is less comfortable than at home. it's so easy to cut yourself out of the information loop and most people don't even realise how much they're hurting their careers that way...
i'm going to be funded by esrc and i haven't heard ANYTHING yet!!! i'm starting in 3 weeks - aaargh! but the uni did tell me that uni fees are paid by the esrc and that the stipend is for maintenance (rent, food etc). i'm going to have to borrow the rent money from my parents because i haven't got enough to pay in advance :-(
it depends on where in europe you're talking about. students start and finish studying early in england, earlier than in germany for example. in germany, you would normally get your a-levels at the age of 19-20, then (old system) another 5 years or more till you have a master. then add on a whole load more years for a phd (usually at least 5 years). i don't know anyone who completed their phd before they were at least 30. because of lack of funding people tend to be a lot older than that.
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