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Having just finished my dissertation thesis it is time to look back on the challenges a dissertation provides. I think that there are three main crises: Having already written one posting about the difficulties of doing a PhD thesisI going into the crises in more detail here.
Beginning Dissertation Crisis Being overwhelmed by the demands of the job Description: Not taking the time to learn the basics of practical research. You will have to learn a lot, probably more than you did while studying, and you need time and energy for it. Accepting that doing a PhD thesis is a learning process and that it is natural to make mistakes and not know everything about it, is an important realization.
This does not mean that it is okay to deliver bad work, but it means that having to learn how to do research efficiently and effectively takes effort and time.
Not knowing which research question to examine.
Switching from topic to topic, asking around for interesting research questions, never getting to know a topic deeply enough to develop your own research questions. Dropping a topic as soon as the first problems occur, in the hope of finding the golden topic where everything runs smoothly because you see this as a sign of a good topic where you are competent.
You have to get familiar with the area you are working in and that takes time. This does not mean that you can slack off, but it does mean that working hard and not finding a research question until 6 to 12 months have passed is natural.
Ask the ones who just finished their PhD thesis how long they have taken to find their topic and make sure that you choose comparable cases — PhD thesis is not PhD thesis.
It is also normal that topics turn out to be more complicated than originally thought. After all, it is research and if it were simple someone would have done it already and it would be without merit for a dissertation thesis no titles for replications.
Take time to learn the domain, discuss your ideas with others. Make sure you pick a topic that you like, is manageable usually, PhD students want to solve all the problems in one study which is a recipe for disaster and that you could do yourself.
If you are dependent on other people, their motivation will always be less than yours and they might leave you standing in the rain when things get tough and they will get tough.
Trying to learn everything. Starting a PhD thesis in a department brings you into contact with the departments resources.
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Link to caninariojana.com A Message from Jorge - hi! You may have noticed the huge banner below each comic. We challenged grad students and researchers all over the world to describe their thesis in two minutes or less. What we got was an incredible sampling of their creativity and communication skills.
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