“You don’t want to have a publication in Science!? But that is everyone’s dream!” exclaimed another participant of a mentoring for early career researchers at my summer conference. For years, I was not able to say this out loud, but by now – a fourth year in my PhD – I got used to the shocked expression that usually follows my declaration.… Read More The wrong type of scientist?
You have heard it before – academia is producing more PhDs than it is able to accomodate. Yet, when three years into the PhD I told my supervisors that my future steps are directed beyond academia, I was met with shocked surprise, bit of disappointment and disbelief. These reactions can be hard to face and… Read More Lessons from PhD Career Stories podcast
As of today, Mr. PhD and I have been in a relationship for a long time! Incredible 3.5 years! But in the last year we hit a rock bottom. Honeymoon phase was long over, and hard work on building a lasting and rewarding relationship settled in. And since we are stubborn and strong personalities, endless… Read More Valentine’s ode to my (Mr.) PhD
I do not want to spoil the trip into the fantasy lands for you, but the highlights include union of Darwin theories with alchemy, magical Oxford, time travel and informed historical details from medieval Europe… Read More #20: Academic witches & vampires
Maybe like me, you will use the Loftet to do some headstands, to get a change of perspective and wave this year a goodbye with your feet.… Read More #7 The Headstands Loft
If you are in academia, you have probably been acquainted with imposter syndrome. Maybe you are on a first-name basis or hopefully you have just been introduced in passing. He and I seem to be old buddies, and as such we engage in endless conversations over coffee or during my sleepless nights. However, sometimes even… Read More Recipe for imposter syndrome cure
One AM on Christmas day and instead of doozing off I am still sitting by a computer, editting this last post in the KI Researcher’s Advent Calendar. In between copying and pasting, I swear at myself. What a typical overachiever, overly ambitious and perfectionist (in other words, what a PhD student!) I am! But the… Read More Jolly Science X-mass and 2017!