I did a traditional thesis. But I have since coached/helped many PhD students do both thesis by publication and traditional. My advice - Do it! For most (Australian) universities this is so much better. But there are some things to note (good and bad):
This question really doesn't have a straight answer. PhDs are not easy. They are not intended or designed to be easy. But there are probably things you can do to make the whole process easier.
There's a difference between, "it is hard", and "it is killing me". So much of what people tell you when you sign up to do a PhD - from within and without academia - is that "you'll hate it". Or "you won't enjoy it". Or "PhDs are meant to suck".
Some of the most common mistakes I see people make when it comes to writing their thesis.
Should I change my PhD topic? I'm sure many of you have asked yourself that question.
Just like talking to your superiors can be tough, so too can talking to your students. Indeed, there are many similarities.
Job losses – let alone those we’re living through now as a result of COVID – are tough to deal with.
Just like everything looks like a nail if you are a hammer, your PhD appears academic when all of your skills are presented in that context. Similarly, people in other sectors will have the same problem. They’ll see how their skills are specific to their sector.
Download as PDF If tough conversations were easy, we’d all be having them, and they wouldn’t be called tough. They are tough for a reason. Or sometimes several reasons. Tough conversations could be almost any topic with almost anyone. But conversations with your supervisor or your entire […]