Tag Archives: PhD

Finding your people online – PhD and ECR parents

Finding your people online – PhD and ECR parents

The solitary aspects of a PhD can certainly be amongst the most challenging to manage. Whether you work on campus among an active community of fellow researchers or as a distance student, the process of researching and writing a PhD inevitably involves lots of time alone in your head. It’s no surprise that many of […] … learn more→

A part-time and distance PhD

A part-time and distance PhD

Earlier this month, I submitted my PhD in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the University of New England Business School.  I did my PhD part-time, while I worked full-time in the IT sector, and I did my PhD through distance, so my project had a few challenges along the way.  I live in […] … learn more→

PhD depression (or just the blues?)

PhD depression (or just the blues?)

I am well and truly in the middle of my three year PhD at an Australian University. Right now I’m experiencing some of the darkest days of my PhD journey so far. I am just so down. I hate my life. I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve lost all my confidence. I feel like […] … learn more→

Seven spiritual lessons I’ve learned from doing a PhD

Seven spiritual lessons I’ve learned from doing a PhD

Much of PhD work is about organizing logic and reason through research. This is the domain of the Intellect. When I’m not engaged in making my research intelligible, I devote part of my day to spiritual practice and I engage that part of my mind where reason and logic are not required. While I grapple […] … learn more→

Be the mouse

Be the mouse

While in the early stages of writing up my PhD I had a baby and now I find myself simultaneously immersed in academic journals and picture books, lab work and bum-wiping, searching for references and for tiny sun hats. Independently PhDs and babies can take over one’s life. When combined, everything from both of these […] … learn more→

Is the advice you get about your PhD wrong?

Is the advice you get about your PhD wrong?

There is no shortage of voices telling PhD students what they absolutely must do (or not do) to complete their theses and secure jobs afterwards. My experience is that some of the advice thrown at PhD students is inaccurate at best and actively harmful at worst. I ignored a lot of it. Nevertheless, I submitted […] … learn more→

Managing the #phd- keep a reading journal

Managing the #phd- keep a reading journal

Reading is integral to research. Everyone says that, and it’s true. It’s also true that you need to find ways to read, note and keep track of all that reading. This is in part a question of tools and strategies. But tools and strategies are necessary but not sufficient. You need to make sense of […] … learn more→

Doing a copy edit of your thesis

Doing a copy edit of your thesis

There are many lists of skills that can be developed through doctoral studies. Editing rarely appears on these lists. That’s a strange omission, because any half-decent thesis has usually undergone a rigorous editorial process. I speak from experience. My own PhD studies (which I completed in 2009) equipped me with a range of editing skills, […] … learn more→

Find a PhD: how to choose the right doctorate

Find a PhD: how to choose the right doctorate

Take your time A doctorate is for life not just for Christmas, so avoid making rash commitments in the heat of the moment. Don’t rush into it, but if you’ve been thinking about it for some time there is probably more to it than just the desire to be called doctor. The idea of doing […] … learn more→

Are you demoralised by your PhD?

Are you demoralised by your PhD?

As I approach the 3-year mark, I’m the worst person to talk to if you want to do a PhD. I heard an undergraduate student say how she “just loved research”. I replied – “I felt that way too… when I was an undergrad”. Something had changed. I’m no longer that same excited undergrad – […] … learn more→