7 pieces of advice for future PhD students aka my past self

By Lisa Stinson, University of Western Australia

They say that when you give someone advice, you’re really talking to your past self.  As I’m nearing the end of my PhD journey, I find that I’m a completely different person to the girl who signed on for what she thought would be a breezy three years of research.

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PhD reflections 2.0: let’s reboot

By Ralitsa Madsen, University of Cambridge

“Software Update. iOS 8.0 is ready to install. To install the update, make sure your iPhone is connected to its charger.”

Every iPhone user gets this notification on a regular basis. I am sure other smartphone systems have similar setups. Note how important it is that the hardware is charged. If it is not, the software can’t be installed. In fact, a completely dead battery means that not even the old software will be running.

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Is academia for me?

By Megan Booth, University of Cambridge

If someone had asked me 18 months ago where I wanted to be in 10 or even 20 years in the future, my immediate reply would have been academia. As cheesy as it sounds, since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a scientist. My younger self imaged Nobel Prizes, ground breaking research and solving the world’s antibiotic crisis! Now, a year into my PhD, I can confidently say that I don’t want to follow a career in academia.

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