Need to talk to academic advisor regarding supervisor issue

posted
22-Aug-16, 18:26
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posted about 3 years ago
Hi all
I need to talk to my academic advisor regarding supervisor issues. We have a personality clash and it is not working. That much is clear to me. My question is, will having this meeting and being honest with my academic advisor have a negative impact on my reputation? I know it sounds selfish, but obviously I do care about it.
Cheers
Tudor
posted
22-Aug-16, 20:22
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posted about 3 years ago
If you approach this reasonably and calmly, and highlight the problem honestly (without brutal honesty) then I don't see why it should negatively impact your reputation. If you are lucky, it will solidify your reputation as being upfront and honest, characteristics most people find admirable.

Suffice it to say, if you are having a problem then you need to speak with the person. In some cases, that will allow you to solve the problem, in others, it might mean a change of supervisor.
posted
23-Aug-16, 11:45
edited about 19 seconds later
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posted about 3 years ago
Thanks, Tea Addict. I now feel happy with what I've planned to say. :-)
posted
23-Aug-16, 16:41
edited about 19 seconds later
by Hugh
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posted about 3 years ago
Tudor_Queen what year are you in? And how serious are your issues?
posted
23-Aug-16, 18:03
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posted about 3 years ago
Just nearing the end of first year, Hugh. It is a personality clash. It is OK though - I raised it today with the advisor (it was too sensitive an issue to raise directly with the sup), they took it all on board, and they're going to see what we can do to resolve the situation.
posted
25-Aug-16, 22:26
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posted about 3 years ago
Hmmmm, I'd advise anyone reading this and having a similar issue to NOT talk to their advisor... :D

Thankfully, my head is still above the water and I'm OK. But it is a very fine line. The issue has been brushed under the carpet, and I've read between the lines and interpreted that if I want to take things further I may screw things up for myself later. It is a choice of choosing between the lesser of two evils. And for me, that means putting up with a supervisory style I can't stand for 2 more years.

Don't believe it if you think you can go to your advisor about an issue with your supervisor. Unless of course it is something trivial (sorry) like you want to ask for more contact or something. Tread very carefully!

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