Welcome back to my website and blog serious about PhD adventure and education. it is more then education so I call it an “adventure”. The fact that it last at least 4-5 years is simply emough to be an adventure I suppose.
Realizing the timeline for the posts
As you know I am not really writing in an order from the application to the graduation but in my linked in Account I have received comments on maybe I should consider a timeline for my blogs. As a result of these inputs, I have decided to go my post in a time order from application to classes, dissertation topic and advisor selection, to dissertation, then defense and graduaiton. I hope it will be at least in a pace that if I can reach out to a new PhD student, my post will be timely and more meaningful should they subscribe and follow me. Go to this page and subscribe in the box on the top right corner (FOLLOW BY EMAIL ) easily for new post and other information.
This will be my last arbitary post
However, one of my closest friend approached me in LinkedIn and reminded me how we suffered those days when we were trying to find and decide a dissertation topic. A big part of it is of course finding an advisor to be happy with it too. I will accept my friend`s request and write about choosing a research topic and advisor to work in this blog.
When you have a research idea and work towards it
Okay first of all, the ideal for a dissertation is to have something in mind at the very begining of PhD education and sign up the classes to develop skills and accumulate knowledge towards this goal. Little projects assigned during the classes try to find some relatie subject that, maybe even partially, fits in your area, you are working and advantage every opportunity to learnd and explore your research topic. Mean while, keep an eye on faculty professors and lecturers if there is anyone whose research focus also coincides with what you have in mind, again maybe partially. Talk to them about what you have in mind and get their words if they would agree working with you on this research or if they have anyone they can refer. Get their insights, their experience, knowledge and expertise may necessitate you to alter your research topic towards their interests, which is a “win-win” situation for both sides.
A piece of advice on research topic
“my advice is that do not stick to your research topic too much, let it flow and change as you go along to fit the faculy or department needs. When you look at the whole picture, you will understand that having one research topic in your mind, is not enough to finish PhD. plus it might not be the best and brightest idea”
When you really do not have anything on your mind and you are reay for any subject that a faculty will agree
If you really don’t have any reseach topic yet, plus you have completed your class workload you need to be quick and really quick. 2 years for a dissertation write-up after the classes might seem to be long enough, in reality it can prove really short. Only reaching the decision of the topic can take a few months.
You are vulnerable now! you need to really surrender to a faculty to accept you as an advisor and into their research realm as a candidate. I must say it should be so rare for a PhD student to be in such a situation because there are many checks and balances you need check and fulfill before getting that point.
Knock the doors of faculty that you think you can work and you think the research topic is somehow you can enjoy and have knowledge in. Proove that you have the necessary knowledge, discipline and passion to join their reseach team. Explain how you can bring some additional value in there. Later, just hope and wait that they will accept your contributions. If not, do the same steps for another faculty and you must succeed.
If you are having big trouble, then go to department director (if you had not done this before) and consult them about what you should do.
As aforementioned, I will continue in a timeline and on starting form my next post. Hope it turns out more useful.
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