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Thread: At a crossroads- Do the PhD or not?

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12-Sep-17, 14:12
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Because as far as I know, I can be an RA and earn as a result, only when enrolled into the PhD course. Anyone else has insights on this?


Being a RA and doing a PhD (hence a student) are two different matters. I am not sure why u have to be enrolled to work. It does't make sense.

Thread: At a crossroads- Do the PhD or not?

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10-Sep-17, 13:40
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Hi, TheNerdyWorkoholic,

You have not spoken about your intended career path. If you are intending to be in academia, I suggest you do a PhD. If not, you are better off getting a job first as you will find the work experience very helpful to pursue a career in industry.

If you decide to pursue a PhD, work as a RA for a year and apply for the internal PhD scholarship. As a MRes student from the same uni you want to do your PhD in, you stand a good chance of getting a PhD full scholarship. Alternatively, you could use your Master to apply for permanent residency (PR) while you work as a RA, if you intend to stay long and contribute to the Aus economy. With the PR you should be able to pay domestic fee and get loan help, etc. You will also be able to apply for many scholarships opportunities for domestic students.

Think carefully. I wish you the very best.

Thread: Not sure if the PhD is right for me

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04-Sep-17, 14:59
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Hi, CharlieC,

You have a lot of important points in your first post. I'll answer as best I can.

On your current job, you mentioned that the job is not enjoyable and has unclear career trajectory, but it is secure. You don't want to be an academic but a PhD in your field can be very helpful
- You have clearly outgrown your job. You could always look for another with more potential for growth. Could you ask your employer to sponsor your PhD, so you have a guaranteed job to return to?

Your PhD is interesting but you are struggling as you have no prior experience and you worry about fit and income reduction.
- No one knows for sure if their PhD is right for them until they start. You can learn, even if you have no prior experience. The important thing is whether you like the topic enough to want to try it and live a little poorly. Only you can answer this.

You want to start a family but worry about your PhD.
-You can always delay your PhD. My friend did hers at 50. It can be done. Having a child during phd can cause additional stress, on top of an already stressful PhD.

I wish you the best in your decision. Good luck!

Thread: Starting PhD with maternity leave plans

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25-Aug-17, 11:51
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A PhD student I know delivered her baby 10 months into her PhD, then took a 6 month maternity leave. She only told the supervisor after she was 5 months pregnant. She came back and continued her PhD later. Hers was also a lab-based PhD. She seems ok now. So.... I guess, it all depends on you and your supervisor?

Thread: Time to complete program?

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31-Jul-17, 13:28
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Once u finish ur PhD, ur time as a ECR starts. Are u ready for busy grant applications, teaching etc. If u want lecturing, can u apply for tutoring roles during PhD? Usually ECR has very little time outside academia.


I already teach 1-2 courses a semester at my current institution. I was doing so after completing my MA, and I have continued since beginning as a doctoral student here, thus I do have that experience.



Hi, Cy, this is great! This would definitely work in your favour when you look for jobs later on. On making a decision for your career move to complete your PhD earlier or later, it is possible for you to talk to current lecturers in your uni and ask them directly what they think of it? They may be able to offer more field-specific career advice.

Thread: Is a PhD worth it for me?

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31-Jul-17, 13:16
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okra, can you apply for R&D position in industry? I do agree with pm133 that networking will help u get d job. But I stand by that it is easier to get in with a master than Phd and that work experience is more valued than higher qualification. While my friends did get a good R&D positions in companies, many of their colleagues do not have a PhD. Companies will train and retain their good R & D staff. Could u work for the company first, then maybe ask them to sponsor your PhD if you really want to it later?

Thread: Here's why your supervisor is terrible:

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29-Jul-17, 00:34
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Some need training... Others need a heart...

Thread: Time to complete program?

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29-Jul-17, 00:28
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What I am trying to say is do balance between how ready u are to graduate with the negatives of taking too long to complete and decide what is best for you. All the best to you!

Thread: Time to complete program?

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29-Jul-17, 00:27
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Once u finish ur PhD, ur time as a ECR starts. Are u ready for busy grant applications, teaching etc. If u want lecturing, can u apply for tutoring roles during PhD? Usually ECR has very little time outside academia.

Thread: Time to complete program?

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29-Jul-17, 00:26
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It is great u enjoy ur PhD, but academic employers may question if u take too long to complete ur program. They may misunderstand and see u as lacking motivation or incompetent.

Thread: Time to complete program?

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29-Jul-17, 00:25
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A competitive PhD funding helps in future academic job applications. Can u still apply for any funding (for travels, etc)?

Thread: Is R&R experience a bomb for potential employer in academia?

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28-Jul-17, 02:07
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On ur career path, do think carefully about what u want for urself in the long term rather than which jobs have lower requirements or do not mind R&R experience. Again, pls have more self confidence. All the best!

Thread: Is R&R experience a bomb for potential employer in academia?

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28-Jul-17, 02:04
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I agree with bewildered. Your R&R also does not define you, please get over it. Just say your research took longer than expected, which is normal. You have finished your PhD. Be proud & confident of yourself.

Thread: Should I stay or should I leave my PhD?

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27-Jul-17, 08:50
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If you are in a 4 year PhD, you may wish to talk to ur supervisor to discuss how to frame your story (and its deviations) and decide the last lots experiments/simulations to complete to motivate you to finish. Good luck!

Thread: Should I stay or should I leave my PhD?

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27-Jul-17, 08:46
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posted about 3 months ago
You are very far along in your PhD. Instead of quitting, can you meet an experienced person (PhD student, post doc, sr researcher) to discuss computational work? Can you take up a course/workshop?
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