Category: PhD Advocacy
This June has been one of the busiest months since I started my PhD. The major stressor was the writing of my second-year report. In the UK, PhD lasts only 4 years, including submission of the thesis. This is a privilege that most students in other countries don’t have as we know exactly when our PhD will come to an end (and this will … Read More How to write a scientific report
This article was originally published by Chemistry World, the official magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It’s a collection of interviews of scholars suffering from depression. The last interview is my story of doind reseach and struggling with mental health. Myself and Michelle Scire are the people in the featured picture The high rate of mental health problems in postgraduates needs an urgent … Read More Making mental health a priority
My second year started after failing my first year. I was a lot nervous and while trying to fix my report, I also had to move house. This came in a very bad period when my old supervisor left the country (thank God) and I also had to join another lab to carry on going with my research. I felt really alone and I … Read More Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD
One of the major issues in academia arose in 2017 was sexual harassment. In the wake of #MeToo, women from within various fields have come together to share stories of their abusive experiences collectively. To reveal the scale of the problem in academia, Karen Kelsky, a former professor, created her anonymous survey that chronicles the extent of sexual harassment inside the wall of the ivory tower. The document, … Read More Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.
“Sometimes I feel I’m gonna break down and cry” It sounds like you, right? You are no longer enjoying going to work, eventually throwing up on the street. You maybe experienced some panic attack while sampling, or wanted to smash your laboratory. You even thought that if you stayed at home for a couple of months, nobody would have noticed and/or given a shit. … Read More Depression and anxiety due to academic life
Long a while ago a wrote two articles which were the manifesto of my PhD advocacy commitment: The first one life beyond PhD, the other one about transferable skills gained during a PhD. I will explore this topic a bit more today. I am fortunate enough to be part of a PhD programme designed in partnership with industries. Part of my PhD is also … Read More Why it is important to acquire transferable skills. Life beyond PhD
A while ago, I wrote an article about PhD and mental health issues starting the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone. The outcome was impressive. The article went viral and got around 3500 views. I got so many feedback from people grateful that I shared my experience and came up with solutions. Back then, I encouraged students to seek professional advice and talk to a counsellor. Many universities … Read More PhD and anxiety – Part 2
Conference season is coming soon and you are might be wondering whether to apply for one. When I started my PhD, my supervisor told me that one of the criteria to have a successful PhD is the presentation of your work at academic conferences. To be more precise, what you should need is attendance at three conferences and you must have done at least … Read More PhD Life – How to make an outstanding academic presentation
Did you know that your LinkedIn profile is the first thing that pops up on Google if someone is looking you up? Did you also know that 94% of users only click on items found on the first page of their Google search? In other words, if you want to make a transition from academia to industry and don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you … Read More How to get out there – maximise the benefit of your Linkedin profile.
I have been recently following the PhDStudent forum on Twitter @PhDStudents and they provide loads of useful information for PhD students. I decided to publish one of their article about life after graduation. Is carrying on going with your field the best decision for you or do you want to explore other options after graduation? Read the following article to find your answer. This … Read More Do you Believe in Life After Graduation? for Graduate Students
Since my last post about life beyond PhD, Nature has published another article on their blog “Do you believe in life after lab? I believe the magazine has been making an amazing job motivating students in seeking other options outside life in academia and life even beyond your discipline during and after PhD. Their advice is to keep your mind open to whichever chance … Read More How to market yourself – Professional business networking and use of social media.
This article was also published by Jennifer Polk in the From PhD to Life Facebook page. Getting through PhD life is an amazing experience: PhD students live in this kind of limbo in between being still a student and preparing themselves for the real working life. They are usually independent, they manage their own work, and they are constantly exposed to a young, dynamic, … Read More The side effect of PhD life: anxiety, depression and mental health issues.