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Thread: Changing PhD, advice needed desperately.

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19-Apr-19, 21:21
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This sounds really positive! In some ways I actually think it could be viewed as an asset. After all, you are less likely to leave because you have really considered is this for you etc, and had a taste of doing a PhD before. All the best and keep us posted!

Thread: Just a moan...

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19-Apr-19, 21:18
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Another option is to start anyway and just hope that you will secure funding later. I have a friend who did this. Her PhD is part time (I think) and she teaches to earn some money. She has sought out various sources of funding each year to keep her going. I don't recommend it, as it seems like a massive stress and burden. Much better to have a steady income.

What project will you do for your PhD , as there is a possibility that an RA role could be created that would support you to carry it out. This is probably unlikely though as your supervisor probably would have mentioned it as a possibility if it were one (eg if your project comes under the umbrella of some larger project and he could write you into the grant as an RA and/or PhD student).

Good luck!

Thread: Just a moan...

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18-Apr-19, 18:24
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I agree. But what you could do is identify multiple sources of funding you are eligible for. That way you're not putting all your funding eggs in one basket.

Thread: Revisions accepted without further review?

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18-Apr-19, 18:22
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Thanks!

Thread: Revisions accepted without further review?

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18-Apr-19, 16:19
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Hi all,

When you resubmit a paper having made revisions, are there some situations where it would be simply accepted by the editor without even having to go back to the reviewers to check with them that their comments were addressed adequately?

Cheers!

Thread: Changing PhD, advice needed desperately.

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18-Apr-19, 16:16
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Jamie_Wizard! Long time! How are things???

Thread: What should I do first

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18-Apr-19, 16:01
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Hi Adeyemi

It can be really difficult to navigate how to go about getting a PhD position. I remember being totally confused by it. So there are different pathways, and also different ways to getting on those pathways. Broadly, the first question to ask yourself might be whether you have your own idea for a project that you want to carry out, or you want to apply to work with someone else on their project idea. This will guide you. If the former, you will want to identify a suitable person to supervise and funding for your project (may be advertised on a platform like find a phd or maybe through just talking to potential supervisors). If the latter then you will probably want to identify an advertised project (usually on a platform like find a phd). Knowing the answer to this question is a good place to start.

Best
Tudor

Thread: Masters degree worst experience of my life

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18-Apr-19, 15:43
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A bit difficult to comment on your situation (if that is what you are wanting) as I guess it differs from institution to institution. It is a lot more independent that undergraduate study, but one can still expect to receive support and replies to email etc. So maybe your particular course was just a bad one in terms of those things. My experience wasn't like this. Well done for getting through it and good luck with your results etc.

Thread: Changing PhD, advice needed desperately.

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18-Apr-19, 15:36
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Hi Arcturus7

This seems fine to me. Leaving sooner rather than later is the best here, I think. And to maximize your chances for future opportunities, I would be very open and honest with your supervisor, as presumably you are going to need references for your future applications. If he will not write one (can't see why not if you explain where you are coming from) or you aren't comfortable asking him, do you have others you can ask? You won't be radio-active. People will be able to appreciate your reasons and respect them, as long as you are open about things. Open where needed that is - I wouldn't even bother telling people unless directly asked "have you started a PhD before?".

Separately, maybe you could actually get some experience in the new area rather than risking going into it and realising that it wasn't what you thought it was.

Hope this helps,

Tudor

Thread: Just a moan...

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18-Apr-19, 14:43
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Ps. Sounds like a legitimate concern to me, not just a moan!

Thread: Just a moan...

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18-Apr-19, 14:30
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Ask your potential sups... tell them you're up for it but how do you get funding... they should advise - may even know of some pots of money. In my experience, first port of call is always to try go for funding opportunities - if you have the grades. Even if it means waiting for the windows to come round again.

Thread: Acknowledgements when your supervisors were awful

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18-Apr-19, 14:28
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I had a similar issue. Don't think of it as lying. I mean, they went thru the motions and tried to fulfill their role. Keep it formal. A bit like acknowledging your funder or the gatekeeper or stakeholder with whom you actually had no personal involvement. I said something like: I thank my supervisors x x and x for their advice and support during my PhD. Just a formality... If you want to be more heartfelt about family, friends and whatnot, then you can do that in the following sentences. Anyone who knows the situ can read between the lines if that's important to you!

Congrats!

Thread: 3rd year graduate student- Really tired of my lab and thinking in leaving research

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15-Apr-19, 14:38
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Yes, I have heard of something like this before - more senior person / supervisor seems jealous of less senior person's abilities / achievements. Just keep your head down, keep applying for funding etc, establish links elsewhere and move on asap :) As soon as I got out of my bad experience / context, everything totally changed for me, and I started to love my work again :)

Thread: Is it normal to feel like this?

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15-Apr-19, 14:11
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Ps. I agree with pm133 that PhD isn't like an everyday job / work at all. So yes, comparing to that won't be helpful.

Thread: Is it normal to feel like this?

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15-Apr-19, 14:09
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Nope, not everyone feels like this. It's definitely good to be aware of these feelings and differences (to how you normally feel), as that way, as you say, you can put strategies to help yourself.

It does sound like things are going well on the academic side of things - but you maybe are lacking a bit of structure and reassurance. You can create your own structure by breaking that task up (there must be a way to do it) and getting that plan with dates and deadlines etc down on paper. You can also write down your milestones as you achieve them (e.g., submitted a paper for publication, did this, got that etc) so that you get a sense of progress and accomplishment.

But reading what you've said, maybe what is most challenging right now is home sickness or culture shock / the more social side of things? This is never going to be easy (8 months sounds a long time but isn't really) but you can definitely do certain things that could help. For example, staying in regular contact with friends back in Australia - but also being sure to get involved in new things here in the UK - so that you establish your network of friends and can relax and feel more at home here. Do you do any hobbies etc here already? Just probing a little to see what might be helpful to suggest! :)
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