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You Are Not Going to Save the World with Your PhD

March 26, 2018

Quite often PhD researchers overcomplicate their studies as they are attempt to ‘save the world with their research’. As a result, it takes some years for them to complete PhD degree or not to finish at all. It is important to be realistic and remember that the purpose of PhD is to become an ‘independent researcher’ and not to change the whole world.

Quite often PhD researchers overcomplicate their studies as they are attempt to ‘save the world with their research’. As a result, it takes some years for them to complete PhD degree or not to finish at all. It is important to be realistic and remember that the purpose of PhD is to become an ‘independent researcher’ and not to change the whole world. It is great if your PhD research has a practical implication or solves an important scientific problem. However, you need to keep in mind that you are doing your PhD with a purpose of:

  • gaining knowledge on research topic, methods and theory,
  • contributing to a gap in scientific knowledge,
  • developing public speaking and teaching skills.

At the begging, almost all PhD students plan to do very ambitions research with several case studies, hundreds of interviews or lots of experiences. It the end, it leads to frustration and loosing lots of time. Sometimes it is not worth to collect and analyse such large ammount of data. Therefore, a supervisor should help his/her PhD student to choose their research question and case studies objectively. If your supervisor is a bit too laid back and is not taking a leading role in your research, talk to other faculty members and try to narrow down your research focus. You need to use your time wisely as PhD funding usually is limited (i.e. 3 years at CEU).

Based on my personal experience, it is easier if you see a PhD study as a big project, which has lots of steps and challenges, but with clear goals and a timeframe. Many things will happen and you will have to change everything a few times, but the main goals should be like lighthouses, which lead you to the PhD defense and graduation at the end. Sometimes when it feels like PhD is a never ended story, you just need to stay calm and imagine your graduation.

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  • Category:  Academic Career 

Quite often PhD researchers overcomplicate their studies as they are attempt to ‘save the world with their research’. As a result, it takes some years for them to complete PhD degree or not to finish at all. It is important to be realistic and remember that the purpose of PhD is to become an ‘independent researcher’ and not to change the whole world.

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