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Things about a PhD nobody told you about | Laura Valadez-Martinez | TEDxLoughboroughU


5 Things To Think About Before Starting a PhD

What do you need to know before you start a PhD? Professor James Arvanitakis talks us through five important things to think about before you decide to embark on your PhD journey.

1. The first thing to do is find something you are really interested in researching, because you are going to be doing this for the next three years of your life.

2. Next, you'll need to find the right supervisors to support you in your PhD - their guidance and support is crucial to your success.

3. Thirdly, what is your long term plan and where do you want your PhD to take you in the future. Are you doing this for the right reasons?

4. The fourth thing is to consider the journey - this might be more important than the end point of finishing your thesis. What do you want to achieve along the way?

5. Finally, you need to work out if you are really prepared for the time and effort it will take to complete your PhD. Finishing your research degree will not be an easy process and you need to be ready for the challenge.

Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University.

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Why you shouldn't apply for a PhD

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Over the years this channel has inspired a lot of people to think about doing PhDs. It's time to change that.

Of course, this title is a touch hyperbolic, but it's also an accurate (albeit negative) summary of the video. There are lots of reasons to not do a PhD, and doing one is really, really hard. Do not apply for a PhD if you want to earn lots of money, or want an easy continuation of university, or a cushy job, or even if you want to call yourself a professor one day. The only reason you should apply for a PhD is because you love doing something specific academically, and want to do that all day for three years. It's that simple.

Something which didn't come across too well in the final edit is that the point of the PhD then isn't to become an academic, or do anything for that matter, other than what you are passionate about. When you finish your thesis and submit your research to the wider world, your contract with society is up - having returned on their investment - and you decide what you're going to do next.

Lots of people decide to stay in academia because at the end of the PhD they still value doing the thing that they love more than they value lots of money or an easy life. Being an academic allows them to continue with what they're passionate about. But plenty of people leave academia after graduation because their priorities change over the course of the project, or discover something new that they're passionate about. My PhD afforded me opportunities to pursue my video making interest, and got me to the point where it was feasible for me to pursue it full time - which I did after graduation, because I valued doing that more than anything else. I'm one of a vast number of PhD exits, because there is no one 'right' thing to use a PhD for!

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The Truth About PhD Unemployment Data

Watch this video to learn the how PhD unemployment data is skewed by not including postdoc positions (i.e. postdoc training positions) and underemployed PhDs who are getting paid half of what they're worth.

You'll also see how few PhDs are actually in high-paying industry positions versus the exponential number of those currently pursuing postdocs.

The good news is that your PhD IS valuable. But not in academia. You can leverage your PhD in industry and be paid what your worth and do meaningful work. Here, we will tell you what the average STEM PhD salary is in industry and how you can be one of these top earners.

Click here to learn more about the PhD-specific job search blueprint & referral network that can help you get hired in industry:

9 Ways To Fail Your PhD!

Professor James Arvanitakis talks about the 9 things you can do if you want to fail your PhD - and what to do if you want to succeed.

Have you got any other sure fire ways to mess up your PhD? Tell us about it in the comments!

Follow these steps if you want to fail:
1. Pick the wrong supervisor.
2. Avoid and ignore your supervisor.
3. Don't treat your PhD like a job.
4. Wait for people to tell you what to do.
5. Leave all your writing until the end.
6. Take feedback personally and aim for perfection.
7. Don't plan to take any time off.
8. Aim too high or aim too low.
9. Forget to discuss potential examiners with your supervisor.

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Things About A PhD In Business Nobody Talks About

You noticed on this channel I'm pretty open about Academia and being a business professor. there are many different things that people never talk about when they do their PHD in business. I want to talk about a few of these things in this video.

You will never be the same person once you do your PhD. You will look at the world completely different compared to what you did prior to doing your PhD.

A PhD is a difficult and often painful journey in which few people make it to what is considered the pinnacle of success in the field. As a corollary, this means that many people drop out for various reasons.

People are motivated to do their own PhD for all sorts of reasons beyond your own point of view.

The stress and demands of doing a doctorate does not disappear as you progress and achieve more success in the field. It actually gets worse.

That discovery of a new idea takes years and when you achieve that discovery it happens in a matter of seconds.

Academia is based on a system of reciprocity and social norms. Without this reciprocity, the entire system collapses.

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Grad Student Instructor: Tips For Grad Students Teaching Undergraduates

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Top 5 Apps for PhD Students | PhD Vlog

With the new academic year just underway, I wanted to collate together what I think are the top 5 apps for PhD students or, indeed, anyone undertaking a postgraduate course of study.

There is an endless amount of software out there that can help to make your postgrad life less stressful and boost your productivity. These are what I've found to be the 5 essential apps I use in my PhD.

Links for those who want to skip ahead:
01:00 Scrivener (Thesis Writing App)
03:40 Bear (Notes App)
05:33 Endnote/Mendeley (Reference Manager)
08:06 Things 3 (Task Management App)
09:59 Toggl (Glorified Stopwatch)

You can download a free trial of Scrivener here:

To find EndNote with discounted student pricing head here:

Bear and Things 3 are both available from the Mac and iOS App Stores (sorry Windows users!).

And Toggl can be found at

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If you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as PhD vlogs in which I talk about some of the challenges of being a PhD student then do consider subscribing.

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Advice to A Young PhD Me

The last of the end-of-grad school videos. These are just some of the things I had to learn in grad school, some things I wish I could go back and talk with myself about when I was just starting out. It would have helped her a lot, I think, and I hope some of these things can help you too. I'm not claiming that I have all the answers, but maybe one or two of these things will be helpful to you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: DO NOT FILM AND DRIVE. I shouldn't have to say this, but it's real dumb! For the timelapse shots I used a mount on the far side of my dashboard so that my small camera was not blocking my field of vision (I even looked up the CA laws for where I could place it!) and also I couldn't reach it so I was forced to park somewhere safely to start it, end it, or change settings. Be smart, people! Also I shouldn't have to say this either, but wear your seatbelt! I was not wearing it in parked shots but I wear it EVERY SINGLE TIME while driving and you should too! No drive is too short! Always always always wear your seatbelt.

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Okay so this next part of the description always *used* to say: Trying to document grad school one YouTube video at a time, from lab equipment to genetics lessons to interviews with other scientists! Each video is a new view into life as a grad student, and the rollercoaster that is getting a PhD. But now I have my PhD. I'm not a grad student anymore! On to new adventures...

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(All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not reflect the thoughts or opinions of my institution.)

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Pixelated Autumn Leaves by Jeremy Blake

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THE TRUTH ABOUT A PhD | Things To Consider Before Applying

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#PhD #CareerOptions

What do supervisors look for in their PhD students?

Professors talk about what they look for in PhD applicants, and what makes a successful PhD student.

Also check out my other video where the professors give advice to those thinking of applying for a PhD:

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Thanks to all the academics for their advice! Links to their twitters below:
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5 Things You Should Never Say to your Phd Supervisor

During your PhD, it is important to have a good relationship with your PhD supervisor. In this video you will learn 5 common communication mistakes student do during their PhD.
Effective communication is important when meeting with Phd supervisor. The selection of words when writing an email is also important in particular where there are cultural differences. Australia is a multicultural society and communication skills are important. It is also important that you have a can do attitude during your phs. Reading is essential for phd. It is important that you keep reading and discuss your idea with supervisor.

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Here are some questions that I was asked during my interview and questions that others I know were asked during theirs! I also give you model answers and answers that you *shouldn't* use! Good LUCK :)

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** Q U E S T I O N S **

00:51 Tell us about yourself
01:48 Why a PhD
02:46 Post-PhD plans
04:17 Your strengths/weaknesses
06:08 Any training needs
06:45 Why this project
07:41 What makes you the right candidate
08:43 Any expected difficulties
09:37 Impact of this project
11:15 Why this university/institute
What will you add to the group

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Starting out as a PhD researcher - Q&A session

A tips session for postgraduate researchers beginning their courses at the University of Birmingham, UK, which features as part of the 2013 University Graduate School Induction Morning. After tips from each of the panel members the session is then opened up to questions from the floor. The questions are as follows:
Is it OK to ask for additional meetings with my supervisor if I feel they would be helpful?
How is a supervisor's role different for a MRes (Master of Research) student?
Is the supervisor/student relationship different for part-time and distance learners?
What support or guidance is there for preparing for a viva?
Is there such a thing as too much intervention from a supervisor?
Can stress be channelled into a positive thing?
The panel consisted of three postgraduate researchers and three supervisors. They are (from left to right) Simon Jenkins, Laura Cronin, Akash Beri, Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Prof. Susan Hunston and the session is chaired by Prof. Gavin Schaffer.

Choosing a PhD Supervisor

How to choose a phd supervisor and guide

Queen Mary: The best things about doing a PhD

Some of our current PhD students talk about the best things about studying at Queen Mary

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5 Things to do when you get a PhD Offer Letter

So you have received an offer letter to study a PhD or research degree. What should you do next? Professor James Arvanitakis has five key tips to help set you on the right path towards a successful candidature.

1. Contact your supervisor. It is up to you to drive the relationship and the first thing to arrange a meeting with your supervisor.

2. Confirm your start date. The date can be negotiated with your supervisor but you need to inform the Graduate Research School about when you intend to start.

3. Find out about orientation and make sure you are able to attend.

4. Set up your student email account and start using it for all communication with the university.

5. Get started! You need to get to work as soon as possible so start reading and writing notes.

For more information about studying a PhD or other research degree at Western Sydney University, visit our website:

What PhD Really Looks Like.

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PhD in Germany (Things to know before you decide)

Thinking about getting a PhD in Germany? Here's a first-hand experience from someone who is already enrolled in a PhD program!
If you want answers faster than we can make videos, you can also follow us on Quora and check out many more of our answers about Germany there!

5 Essential Apps for Every PhD Student

Previous video:

TL;DW: Evernote, Zotero, Keynote, Calendar, Microsoft Word.

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Microsoft Word:

Say the word and I’ll do a follow-up video on the next top five, because I can think of plenty! And do tell me what your top apps are in the comments.

Say hello:

Discuss this video:

About me:
I’m Lucy Kissick and I’m a second year PhD student studying martian geology at the University of Oxford. I secretly love Pluto more than Mars, I have no cats but wish I had ten, and if you’re in Oxford right now then THERE IS A NESTING SWAN IN THE UNIVERSITY PARKS, I’M SO HAPPY.

New video every fortnight or so, please comment if there’s a topic you’d particularly like to see discussed!

Many thanks to Silent Island for use of their song Dolphin Rush in the credits! Available here:

A week as a PhD student

I filmed a week of my life as a PhD student in atmospheric physics at the University of Exeter. Here's what I got up to!

If you have any questions about stuff I did please do ask in the comments below! Though I'm going to say in advance that I am NOT an expert on graduate school applications.

Next vlog:

My singing/chapel choir video:
Studying livestream:

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Music used:
- Solar Flares by Silent Partner
- One More Chance by Otis McDonald
- Nunc Dimittis (Truro) by Philip Stopford (
- Good Morning by Lakey Inspired (
- Feeling Good by Lakey Inspired (

Gear used:
- Canon G7X:
- Micromuff:
- Joby Gorillapod and ball joint mount:
- Premiere Pro

Thanks to all my friends for putting up with me filming all the time!

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The Doctoral Experience at Loughborough University

Our PhD students at Loughborough University describe their research.

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