Greetings friends. I hope you had a summer or winter break wherever you are. I'm back early this year because Australia, where I live, has hit the world media for all the wrong reasons. You might have seen the horrifying footage from the South Coast. My oldest friend, who was holidaying there, sent me this photo, which … Continue reading You have to believe that what you do matters
Failure. The PhD makes you much better at dealing with it - at least that's the hope. I was always a pretty mediocre student, but I didn't realise just how mediocre I was until I went to architecture school. Frankly, I was bad at it - and people did not hold back in telling me … Continue reading Keep on stepping up to the plate
I've written before, here, about how much bad advice there is out there for PhD students. One of the reasons that advice can be misguided or inappropriate is the many differences between PhD students in terms of age, discipline and projects. Comparing yourself to other people, particularly when it comes to making progress, is a game … Continue reading It all depends!
Are you a perfectionist? I always thought I wasn't, but my therapist introduced me to the idea of 'functional perfectionism' last year. This forced a rethink, which I documented in this post where I wonder if perfectionism is a spectrum disorder. One of the perfectionist traps I fall into all the time is unhelpful self talk, … Continue reading Setting yourself free of perfectionism?
Do you ever feel like your PhD is in control of your life - and not in a good way? This post speaks to the resilience you need to complete using the story of a bamboo plant, which can be an invasive weed if not properly controlled! Fiona Robards is an independent consultant providing strategic … Continue reading PhD Bamboo
Do you ever find yourself in conflict WITH yourself? The part of you that wants to watch Netflix might war with the part of you that wants to finish your PhD, as just one example. How do we better manage these multiple, internal voices? This post is by Michael Healy, a careers and employability educator … Continue reading Me, myself and I
Did you know that the average age on entry to a PhD in Australia is 34 years old? Over the time I have been whispering this average age gets older and older. There are a few PhD students at ANU who enrolled in their PhD in their late sixties and early seventies. It's never too … Continue reading Starting a PhD… at 58 years old?
Are you doing interdisciplinary research? I did. It was hard. Universities are often very well set up for individual disciplines, but if you don't fit firmly into one of these, you can easily find yourself marginalised. How should you go about doing interdisciplinary research so that you don't 'go down over interdisciplinary waters' so to … Continue reading How to approach an inter-disciplinary thesis
Recently I published a post from Carmen Blythe on finishing the PhD in 2 years, which provoked a storm of comments. Some people pointed out the many advantages that Carmen had, which helped her finish in such a short time. You might have been left wondering: what about 'normal people' - can they finish early to? … Continue reading On finishing ‘early’
Being a research developer is a bit like being a GP: problems looked at early can be treated easily, but the longer the patient waits, the less we can help. This post is on the value of getting problems in writing treated early and is by Dr. G. David "Dave" Beasley. Dave completed his PhD in … Continue reading How your writing centre can help you finish your PhD