Surviving the first days of doing a PhD

There is no doubt that having a PhD degree can make you more employable, boost your prospects, and help to secure your future on the long term. However, no two can disagree that taking the plunge and setting out as a postgraduate student can be one of the most stressful experiences in life, so much so that some people just quit before the first year is out.

However, doing a PhD is just like undertaking any other task in life, with enough preparation and hard work, your chances of successfully completing your studies will improve significantly, I am not saying that  it will be a cakewalk, because if it was, everyone would be getting a PhD!  As a postgraduate student on my third year now, reflecting back towards my first days when starting, I have included here some of the few things you can keep in mind: Continue reading

Tips for Postgraduates starting their studies in the University of Sheffield

Studying for a post-graduate degree can be a bitter-sweet experience; Despite the excitement of the fact that you are doing research you care for and love, and the prospect of  a higher degree, it is also a time of taking responsibility, working hard, dealing with stress, and facing a lot of bumps in the road. However, this does not mean that you should lock yourself in the lab and never see the sun until the date of your viva! Continue reading