Cutlery cluttering, excited voices, and intertwining conversation – the familiar pulse of a conference mingle. I was chatting with current and aspiring graduate students when I suddenly heard the dreaded advice: “Expect you will suffer during your PhD, I definitely did”. My skin crawled and I rushed to correct “No, you should not accept suffering… Read More You should not suffer during your PhD!
Interview with Tatiana Alvarez Giovannucci by Ana Amaral Tatiana has been a PhD student at KI for 5 years now. Last year she took part of the Doctoral course Career Skills for Scientists, where people with a science background share their different career paths with PhD students. This happens once a week for one afternoon… Read More Escape from the lab: Tatiana’s internship in marketing for Life Sciences
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
Guest blog post by Giulia Gaudenzi, PhD student and participant in the course Career Skills for Scientists and the internship program for PhD-students. In September/October 2017 she did an internship with “Vetenskap och Allmänhet”. “In 1700, in Western Europe, there were some 400 different kinds of jobs you could choose from. Nowadays, there are approximately 500,000“.… Read More Scientist in disguise…
This Tuesday afternoon it is very quiet at the Career service office at Karolinska Institutet, only the sound of keys tapping in the computers. Emma is working hard on updating all web pages and moving information to our new web portal. Kerstin is busy following up all contacts made with companies that want to offer… Read More Career Skills for Scientists
KI Bladet interviewed two of our bloggers about their persective of KI and advice to new term students … Read More Getting to know KI; Tips to new students
So admittedly, I’m not going to get even close to answering this in a blog post, but I recently came across one (of many) really good answers to this question, by Thomas R. Insel in JAMA Psychiatry. JAMA Network | JAMA | Mental Disorders in Childhood: Shifting the Focus From Behavioral Symptoms to Neurodevelopmental Trajectories… Read More What’s the point of studying the brain and genes when it comes to psychiatric disorder?
Although still feel like winter outside, we are already in May. It is again one of the peak seasons for thesis defense! One colleague in our group is actually going to defend within a month (Good luck!). As in the final (4th) year of PhD study, I’ve been writing my thesis this spring. In one… Read More The End of the Beginning- Thesis Defense
For many students extracurricular activities are something that is as important as their studies. Many find it natural to take part in activities or events (not hobbies) that are related to school but not necessarily directly related to their studies. In my case, I unfortunately have to admit that during my entire undergrad period as… Read More My big revelation: the importance of extracurricular activities and its amazing consequences