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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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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PhD reflections: lessons and advice

By Ralitsa Madsen, Institute of Metabolic Science, Cambridge, UK

As a driven PhD student who is dedicating most of my waking hours to a very ambitious project, I often need to justify my choice to others. Wouldn’t I be set up for success with fewer hours in the lab, less scientific reading and a bit more faith in my own talent? My usual response is to ask the following question: how do elite athletes succeed?

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