This talk guides postgraduate students and those thinking of doing a PhD through the vicissitudes of the doctoral process. In a friendly and down-to-earth way, the speaker illustrates issues that many doctoral students face. The talk covers seven challenges that may emerge during a PhD: I’m stuck!, There’s more!, I have no motivation!, I forgot what I did!, I am not sure this is relevant!, I feel lonely! and I don’t know what is next! For each one of these
challenges, the speaker provides recommendations on how to tackle them, which draw both on empirical studies and
anecdotal evidence. The suggestions go from having “thinking time” to let ideas mature to keeping a research diary,
from sticking to a few research questions to saving multiple copies of the thesis manuscript files. The talk recognises that doing a PhD could be more difficult than one may initially expect but that there are ways to overcome the obstacles and enjoy the learning process.
Dr. Laura Valadez-Martinez is a Research Associate at the Center for Research in Social Policy of Loughborough University, specialising in income adequacy, poverty measurement, and childhood poverty and well-being. Born and raised in Mexico, she became aware of social inequalities from a young age, and volunteered in various non-governmental organisations. Volunteering activities helped Laura realise that social development requires coherent combined action between the government, civil society, and the private sector.
This led her to pursue higher education in the areas of public administration and social policy, under the premise that a sound understanding of social problems is crucial to promote well-being. Consequently, Laura studied the Masters in Public Policy at Monterrey Tech in Mexico. She also holds an MSc in Public Policy in Latin America and the PhD in Social Policy from Oxford University.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
There is no need to do PhD unless you are doing it to invent or discover something new and beneficial to humanity. Most people do it and doesn’t make a difference but just go to be lecturers professors. For me that’s just to get a job. What’s a point unless you are producing something new which will benefit the world.
I gained my PhD here in the UK some 27 years ago (I was 26 years old) and the experience still remains clear in my mind. I moved straight from my BSc in Biochemistry into the start of my PhD project. The lab work took three years, full time, and I spent almost a year writing my thesis, so dedication is a must. Remain focused on the main questions but also be flexible, as unexpected results are often they key to progress. Be prepared for long hours and try to offer moral support to others (who will , hopefully, reciprocate), and ensure regular, open and honest contact with your supervisor.
What about the Comprehensive Exam that one need to pass to become a PhD candidate? Seem it vary by region or country.
Unfortunately thats when I became bald and more forgetful. I seem to have recovered from the forgetfulness but not the baldness.
Shrestha Sharma it’s VERY stressful in all areas of life (financial, interpersonal, health, etc.). It’s also no guarantee of a decent job. If you don’t want it like your next breath, don’t do it. If you can find a job you would enjoy that doesn’t require the degree, do that job.
As someone whose doing a PhD, I would definitely advice that your research topic is a passionate topic! When you begin to feel a little lost, lonely, forgetful of why you're researching..that passion will keep you going. Also, keep your work balanced and realistic. Remember this is a long journey so enjoy it. Have that *me* time and keep your mental health in check🌹 Keep me in your prayers guys☺
I've worked in academia for a while, and I've noticed that graduate students working on their PhDs see writing and defending their dissertation as the end goal. A lot is said about how to survive this process, until finally you graduate with your PhD (like this talk). However, much less is said about what these new PhDs are going to do with their degrees. Usually students start thinking about this a year or two before graduating, but that is often too late.
A PhD isn't some kind of prize to earn or a test to overcome. It's a process by which you gain the skills and knowledge that will allow you to pursue whatever your actual goal in life is. So, if you're in graduate school, you should be able to answer these questions in the affirmative:
1. Is getting this degree going to help me get Job X?
2. Are the skills I'm acquiring as part of my PhD going to be useful for Job X?
If you answer "No" or "Not Sure", you should really think hard about what you actually want and what you're doing.
Our job is to find solution in the face of challenges. while you are standing on the stage you must have faced some challenges or you are "corrupt queen' who is brought on diaspora without having any talent , yet for show off you must have gone through training of public speaking, stage fear etc. so, need not discourage others what they want to do in their life
What really startles me about a PhD is the paucity of money and the abysmal work-life balance..
I am thinking about going on a PhD odyssey but I don't want it to be a saga at the end..
Let's see; Thanks for the video, it's rather encouraging
First of all i wanna thank laura, you really have explained it very genuinely. i just have completed my masters in technology (2k19),now i wanna do phd ( computer science and engineering ). And for that only i came here on youtube searching videos so that i'll come to know what exactly it is !! truly speaking i'm little bit scared coz phd is not a common degree and only those who have completed it and gone through whole procedure can elaborate how it can be perused in a better way. i have read each and every comment here on this video coz i really wanna know about it more in depth. i'm determined that i have to do phd but i also know making someone calling uh Dr. won't be easy.
Right now i have dozens of questions in my head and i really don't want to enter in phd program with those unanswered questions. i really need to talk to someone who can explain me every inches of the phd program , i mean what to choose how to do it when to start and from where to start, each and everything !!
If someone really can help me in this , and kind enough to spare some time to sort me out , i'll be really thankful.
will be waiting for reply .
If you put the "efforts" of doing PhD into solving a real world problem ...... you would ended up to be a multi-million or multi-billionaire .... So getting a PhD is just not worth it ...... waste of time...
People who haven't done a PhD criticize this lady's voice. Her trembling voice reminds me one of the hardest points in my PhD journey. I was working 18-20 hr days but there was tiny progress in what I did. Being on scholarship and as an international student, I was overwhelmed by pressure feeling like my heart was going to the throat. The pressure was brutal and as time passed it didn't get any better. It was hard. I had a roommate who developed psychosomatic asthma in the PhD process and was unable to breathe sometimes. *Think carefully when you intend to do a PhD, it's a hard journey*
I wanna ask u sir what is phd why r u put five years yo that course what is the theory in phd what is the use of phd wii u plese amswer my question i would like ask another question how many phd colleges in india
Received my PhD in 1995. My tips: You must have a passion for what you are doing. If you don't enjoy learning more and more about your subject matter on your own time outside of class, then a PhD is not for you. If you are going into a PhD program for anything other than your passion - money, fame, so you can be called a doctor or professor, you are likely to fail or be very miserable. You have to enjoy work over life outside of work. That doesn't mean you can't have a good life outside of work but you must enjoy and have a passion for the subject and for work.
You have to be autonomous with respect to work time, study time, writing time, knowing the syllabus or when an exam is scheduled. If you miss questions on an exam you need to be autonomous enough to spend the time to look up the answer before running to the professor and asking them for the answer and explanation. Don't expect extra credit or a do-over.....this is not remedial undergrad.
Before you chose a mentor/supervisor, make sure you talk to others and learn about the supervisor. The last thing you want is a mentor who is not willing to assist, discuss and guide you through the process.....that is their role and they should want to assist you and help you grow as a scientist. Lastly, a PhD is for scholars....it is meant to be difficult. You are pushing the boundaries of knowledge as well as pushing yourself (sometimes to the limit) as you pursue the degree.
As an aside, if you are a bench researcher/grad student (conducts laboratory research), don't expect immediate results. Sometimes a single experiment can take a week or two just to set up and complete. And then expect failures where your experiment didn't work - I'm not talking about getting different results than anticipated, I'm talking about the experiment not working. That was the most frustrating part for me...spending two weeks to set up and conduct an experiment only to have it fail. I felt like I just wasted 2 weeks of my time! But if you have the passion you will want to know why it failed, what mistake did you make, where in the process did the error occur. You have to think of it as a learning experience rather than just a failure. Of course there are the times where an experiment will fail over and over and then all of a sudden start working but you have no idea why...that was really frustrating. Experimentation can also be monotonous as you will likely have to repeat the same experiment multiple times to ensure your results are statistically correct. But if you have passion, you know that your are getting another piece of the puzzle to add to your story/article/dissertation/new knowledge.
One's life is full of different kinds of PhDs, for some you survive, but for some you lose. Enjoy every minute of doing an academic PhD, even if you are going through something hard, calm down and carry on, never ever sacrifice your physical or mental health for a degree, because unsustainable self-development is not a development at all.
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PhD is as simple as taking in air of God.
I just finished my high school(secondary school) last two years but I challenged education when I was twelve years.
My millions of questions became one question and no man may answer this question, only my foolishness ( equation) can do me a favour and a world as my wife if I must choose to marriage.
All Ph.D.s are not equal. Most are not worth the paper they are written on. Anything on sociology, psychology, popular areas a gender studies, religion, anthropology, and such are "soft" have no real credibility even from supposedly major universities. The hard core ares, history, physics, math, biology, etc., are for real. Also, the university is critical. Only the state universities, not the lower level state colleges, and the top tier private schools, have any gravitas. Those of us with genuine Ph.D. do not give the others any respect, privately.
Sorry, Yolan, I mean no offense, but in the rarified realm of academia, the soft Ph.Ds are not, repeat, not considered as the equivalent of the solid Ph.Ds. That's life. Your claiming that your Ph.D. is of consequence because it is directly applicable to some business, industry of government programs demonstrates that you really have no idea as to the real purpose of he Ph.D. It is in the philosophy of the area, and is a contribution to abstract academic knowledge in the field, and is not supposed to be "practical". Moreover, the soft Ph.Ds do not even require academic proficiency in foreign languages. They substitute things like statistics that are not even close to being the equivalent. My Ph.D. required academic reading fluency in Japanese, as 80% of my original sources were in Japanese, with some in German and French. And, unless the committee chair is a nationally recognized authority, so sorry, the degree cannot and will not be respected.
Well, my journey of Ph.D was mind-gobbling as well as exciting as I enjoyed every bit of it. Learning and discovering new paths in the field motivated me a lot. I didn't care of the outcome, and I kept enjoying the journey and finished me Ph.D in just three years with flying colours. Ph.D in Tesol is a daunting task. Then CELTA and DELTA were so minuscule and effortless when I ventured on to conquer them.
I am a semi-retired professor of management, still active in management consulting and executive training and development. I finished my PhD in 1987 from a Big 10 school in the US. Having been through the process personally, and vicariously (my wife also joined me in the PhD program and completed) I have a few additional tips to share:.
1. Have a clear vision and reason why you want to do PhD. It is not enough to just read brochures, visit campuses. You need to have a definite reason. Talk to those who have been through the process. Ask them to list any reason they would think it was a bad idea on their part to have pursued PhD. It is a commitment of a lifetime. I left a senior executive job to become an academic. I have never regretted it. I am not ready to retire.
I have seen too many students from developing nations enter PhD programs to postpone deportation and as a means of getting permanent residency. I have even seen students change their disciplines in search of visa. Visa is not a good enough reason. You don't waste rest of your life wedded to a field you do not love.
2. Be a bit pragmatic, and practical. Unless you love unemployment or you have other means of economic support avoid entering PhD programs in disciplines where job prospects are very poor. In America the job market and salaries for similar ranks vary a lot by discipline. Many times by factors of 2 or 3. This is unlike European universities the salaries do not vary much across disciplines.
Once I was stuck during my dissertation research. I happened to attend a support group on my campus entitled ABD (All but dissertation) Support Group hoping to benefit. The participants were all very highly qualified, committed individuals. Soon, I found out that most of them were there not because they were incompetent. They were afraid of completion, and the unemployment that would follow the completion. Fortunately, in my discipline it was very common to be hired even as an ABD. I left the group within weeks as my need was not being met.
3. Be selective about the PhD program and the3 university you want to enter. Some programs are more reputed and better-structured than others. For example, in many good American universities, you get a broad and in-depth field of the discipline by taking a number of masters and PhD seminars seminars during the first 2-3 years. That study and exposure prepares you to frame the right type of questions for your dissertation. Some programs clearly lack structure and guidance and rigor. They are relatively easy to enter, and the premature exit rate and incompletion rates are also pretty high. Avoid them.
4. Be careful in choosing your dissertation advisor and the members of your dissertation committee. It is a rational, meritocratic, and a political process. Notwithstanding all the adulation that the star professors receive, some of them are also the least desirable, despicable individuals. Some do not have even basic interpersonal savvy and ethics. Select people who are professional, knowledgable, kind and enthused about your topic.
I still encourage anyone to consider this exciting journey. Decide wisely, carefully. You will be in for a treat.
It gets tiring reading these preachy sermons about how a person survived the 'hardship' and was lucky to be successful. You could have given all that advice without telling everyone how clever and rich you became at the end. There's no modesty left in many people. I'm doing a PhD as well (which is as irrelevant to this point as 80% of your boasts were) and I wouldn't talk so condescendingly to a 200IQ individual who dropped out of primary school.
Good for you for 'winning' everything. Next time, try sticking to just giving advice rather than slipping in boasts about how successful you've been as well. It's not appreciated and just makes you look cheap.
P.S. You forgot to add how surprised you were when your dog took an interest in astrophysics and published a more advanced version of Stephen Hawking's 'primitive' theories in a leading scientific journal.
For me, only working on a masters degree program, hopefully a PhD program next year. I found it easy to have multiple screens, one ebook or two and a main screen for writing. But, it takes some time to get used to, for me as I'd rather have the physical book in front of me. Ebooks are good to use the find method easier. Goodluck on your journey.
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Dr. Ralph-Christian Ohr has been working in several innovation, division and product management functions for international, technology-based companies. His interest is aimed at organizational and personal capabilities for high innovation performance. He authors the Integrative Innovation Blog.
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