Great talk on aspects of a Ph.D. noone talk about.
(My notes on what was said below)
There are 740 000 students enrolled in a phd in Europe. 2/1000 are in a phd program. (see below for statistics)
7 things nobody told me about:
- “I am stuck”.
- There are many ways to get stuck. there is the clasic writers block. But for a Ph.D., also “I have no ideas”, getting stuck on methodology, stuck in the literature, on how to how to analyze the results. And others.
- “I need to think”. Everything takes time. Not just read, but also make sense of it, think about what you read.
- There is ALWAYS more, more literature, more methods, more books,. Many doors to open, and each door, leads to a new set of doors.
- No, you need to learn how to leave things out. To focus. On concentrate.
- MUCH you read, many results, needs to stay in the drawer.
- Need to have A LOT you are willing to leave out! And you need to really know this stuff.. that you leave it.
- “I have no motivation”. It is hard. And you need to WORK.
- “Inspiration does exist; but it needs to find you working” Pablo Picasso
- You need to celebrate the small parts. Each little part is a way to the goal, it is progress.
- Find other domains for short victories
- “I forgot what I did”
- Easy to forget what you found, a great article, because of other deadlines.
- Write a research diary, where you also take notes on WHY you made the choices you made. Where you justify them.
- Write notes in your syntax! It will help you find mistakes and replicate your analysis
- “I am not sure this is relevant!” who cares about what I am researching???
- HAVE FAITH! Be self assured!
- Do not rely on other peoples references, read the original!
- Go to conferences, so as to know you are on the right track.
- “I feel lonely”
- Be connected. Talk to your collegues, talk about other things as well.
- Discuss with your supervisor.
- Connect to family, friends.
- Learn to present your findings, your 100 000 words, in a sentence.
- “what is the right way?”
- There is no right way. Find what works for you. Take advice from others, but find your own way!
Data extracted in June 2017. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database. Planned article update: June 2018. This article presents statistics on tertiary education ( ISCED levels 5-8) in the European Union (EU) and forms part of an online publication on education and training in the EU.