PhD: Illusions, Disenchantment and Magic
Led by Mabelle Victoria
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23 May 2012
This presentation uses Kermit, the Frog’s ‘The Rainbow Connection’ as a talking/thinking tool in order to throw a quick backward glance at a recently completed PhD. While it has been claimed that rainbows are just illusions, Kermit reflects on what keeps people to continue ‘star-gazing’ in spite of disenchantment. In this presentation, we take a look at how one may be able to navigate between the disillusionment and magic of doing a PhD. Through an informal discussion/question and answer, I propose to discuss the following points:
- How to finish a PhD, get published, and acquire higher education teaching experience in three years.
- Is PhD only about being smart or is more about working seven days a week from eight till faint.
- Why writing up always takes longer than you think.
- How to use ‘PIREPs’ (it means Pilot Reports in aviation lingo) to manage PhD turbulences.
Dr Mabelle Victoria has recently completed her PhD with the Open University.