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Doctorate and Beyond : Building a Career in Engineering and the Physical Sciences (Paperback) (Graham C.
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Drawing on their own extensive experience, the authors pass on invaluable advice by answering such questions as:
Do I want to do a PhD?
How should I choose which PhD and where to study?
How do I achieve my doctorate?
What career opportunities exist once I’ve got my doctorate?
How do I address the media and public when expert opinion is called for?
How do I go about mentoring the next generation?
What do I do when things don’t go to plan?
This practical guide helps you to determine your best answer to all these questions and more. The authors not only discuss how to become a success but also how to keep success going, beginning with the choice to do a PhD (or not) and what to expect, through how to get the best from student–supervisor interaction, the value of networking, the process of publication, and ethics to choosing between academia and industry, job and career changes, and work–life balance.
The authors’ own thoughts are flavoured with the life experiences of hundreds of colleagues and other prominent individuals who have achieved success and recognition: the book contains inspirational quotes from established figures in academia and industry. They reflect on career options, what leads to a successful career, and how to make conscious career choices instead of letting things happen to you and hoping for the best. This ranges from avoiding common pitfalls—such as squandering your reputation—to developing that all-important energy: your personal passion.
A Doctorate and Beyond will be an extra difference in making the most of the best times and supports you when the going gets tough. If you are contemplating PhD study in engineering or the physical sciences, or have a PhD and are seeking career guidance, this book will change the way you think about life.
For further discussion and information about the book please see the blog/forum hosted by the authors at Adoctorateandbeyond.