Starting a PhD is a big decision. And there are lots of choices to make. What university? What topic? What group? Not to mention your supervisor. Then of course there are the practicalities of life such as work, where you live, and who you live with.
Universities and research are going through a tough time at the moment. Researchers/scientists are seen as less and less relevant – think climate change, vaccines, genetically modified crops, medicinal marijuana. Employment as an academic researcher has lost its shine. Degrees are being devalued. And graduates are wondering if it is all worth it.
In this video, I cover off five different points of failure within PhD programs and how you might address them.
There are many reasons to do a PhD. Here are further 13. No judgment. Just a list. With an explanation for each. Adding to the 24 and 17 already published – making a total of more than 54. 42. Turn a PhD into your career – there are countless examples of people turning their PhD […]
There are many reasons to do a PhD. Here are further 17. No judgment. Just a list. With an explanation for each. This adds to the 24 already published.
1. Avoid looking for work – Looking for work is a long process. Especially when you are first joining the workforce. Building your CV is hard. It has to be a short document, but you’re struggling to think of what to include and what to take out. Regardless your CV feels inadequate. So, you complete […]
When looking to change industries or careers, it can be hard to know what skills you have that other industries are interested in. That can make choosing a new sector, industry or job difficult. Identifying transferable skills is difficult. We can often see them in other people, but rarely in ourselves. Here are different approaches […]
The is the final blog in the series on What could make a PhD program fail. This blog covers insufficient data about the program and its operations.
We’ve already looked at two other failure points – number of students and neglecting participants and knowledge transfer. Here, we look at making sure we plan well in advance of students starting – the fourth point of failure.
Failure to transfer knowledge We’ve already looked at two other failure points – number of students and neglecting participants (students and supervisors alike). Here, we look at the next failure point – failure to transfer (program) knowledge amongst key staff.