The predominant method for delivering training within a PhD is through apprenticeship-style approaches. Essentially students are asked to “see-one-do-one”. In an environment where learners are immersed in the culture for large periods of time (40 hours per week for more than three years), apprenticeship-style works very well. Indeed, errors are often seen early and corrected. 

Read more: Getting The Most Out of Your PhD Training

In an earlier blog, I wrote about maintaining motivation during your PhD. However, motivation only gets you so far. What happens when you lose all motivation? You still need to be able to make progress. You still need to be able to do experiments, analyse data, complete reports and write your thesis. What do you do when your why, fun and accountability are not working for you?

Read more: Creating Habits to Complete Your PhD

So, you enrolled, got part way through you PhD and then…. Nothing. Your research and data - it may well be fine. Same with your PhD supervisor. Then again, it all could be going from bad to worse. Regardless, you’ve reached a point where you are clear on one thing – ACADEMIA IS NOT FOR YOU. The next question – do I need to PhD?

Read more: Do I need a PhD… ?

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