Post PhD submission boredom

I was warned by my supervisors that submitting a PhD is a big life adjustment… in a positive way, but nonetheless still an adjustment. You go from spending a ridiculous amount of time thinking about your PhD or feeling guilty for not thinking about your PhD, to not having to think about your PhD at all. I had two weeks of marking left when I submitted my PhD (on top of my full time job) so I think that was a good way to wean myself off of the 16+ hour work days. However, my supervisors were definitely right, it is a big adjustment. I have never been particularly good at being bored, my partner actually said “I think the one thing you are terrible at is being bored” and it has been a really long time since I have experienced guilt free boredom.  It is an odd and confusing feeling between submission and defense because you cannot fully relax (as there is still lots of PhD to do) but you are also free to relax. I am still working through these feelings and have so far realised a few key points;  Be kind to yourself- you have just submitted a PhD- be kind to your mind and body. Sit with your boredom-I have found that it is important to just sit with your boredom and get yourself used to the feeling of not having anything. You will be exhausted- […]

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Favourites; Viva prep cards

My university is one of the first in Australia to introduce the verbal defence (Viva) aspect of the thesis, meaning that my PhD experience is more like many other countries in the world. My Viva is likely to be at the end of January / start of February, which is terrifying as it is only a month away now. A […]

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Weird aspects of academia

Academia is such a weird place, filled with weird traditions, weird rules, and weird experiences…. Like the fact that not only do you not get paid when you publish an article, you actually have to pay to get it published. Like the fact that you get employed by a university and often a key aspect of your job is winning […]

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Sell your PhD; Editing

Read about the previous sell your PhD skills here. The fourth skill acquired through PhDs that I want to talk about is editing. I never realised how polished and efficient my editing skills were until I started working in the industry. I am now the ‘go to’ proof reader of reports in my office as I am quick and precise […]

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Self-Care When Studying For Your PhD

** In Collaboration **  Anyone who’s ever done a PhD will tell you how all-consuming it can be. From the sleepless nights to all of the sacrifices, it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re doing it in the first place. Everyone goes through tough times with their PhD, but it’s important that you put your health and wellbeing first. […]

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Sell your PhD: Resilience

Click here to read about other sells you should be selling-Problem Solving & Creativity The third PhD skill we should all be selling is our resilience. Like creativity this is probably not something you read on job applications and I doubt you would be ever asked about your resilience in an interview. However, it is a valuable skill that we […]

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Playlists for different work tasks

It is hard to remember a time before Spotify…when I didn’t have access to millions and millions of songs. I wonder if I would have been able to get through four years of a PhD without it? I have found lately that I have ‘go to’ genres of music depending on what task I am doing. Editing/proofing- Instrumental or very […]

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Sell your PhD, Problem Solving

Since I started working in the industry 6 months ago now, I have realised how essential it is for us PhD students to sell our skills. Many industries highly value the skills that we acquire throughout a PhD, however many do not understand that a PhD provides such a wide variety of sought after skills. The first skill we should […]

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