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Graduate Life: Sharing of Experiences
Graduate Life: Sharing of Experiences
Graduate Life: Sharing of Experiences
Graduate Life: Sharing of Experiences
Graduate Life: Sharing of Experiences
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Graduate Life: Sharing of Experiences

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National Graduate Seminar (NGS 2011), University of Petronas, Sept. 2011. Panelist for session 'Graduate Life: Sharing of Experiences'

National Graduate Seminar (NGS 2011), University of Petronas, Sept. 2011. Panelist for session 'Graduate Life: Sharing of Experiences'

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  • Isaac Newton and John Nash exampleProf Fauzi example
  • 1st year: Social skill, mixed with ppl from diff country and discipline, weekend activity (freecycle/ car boot)2nd year: Hobby to take time off from study (photography)Last 6 months: all about writing, repeat experiments, burning the midnight oil, packing, rental and billings, wife viva, flight on early Monday morning, submit thesis on Thursday afternoon! Lost passport incident!
  • Supervisor vs family: let the svisor know you have a family, handle sickness, family is important!Family: wife vs children: send nursery, attending conference, weekend at lab, sharing load on the house choresPart-time work: not burden and effecting your study
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    • 1. NGS 2011 UTPGraduate Life: Share of Experience 18/09/2011 University of Petronas Dr. Rosdiadee Nordin
    • 2. Selecting and Managing Supervisor• Why supervisor is important?• PhD is about you and supervisor – marriage, father and son, etc• Choice of Uni – is it important?• Selection criteria and registration process
    • 3. Selecting and Managing Supervisor• Student expectation on the supervisor• Some cases, supervisor don’t have clear idea about your research• Co-supervision: mutual agreement among students and supervisor(s)• Progress meeting : do we have to meet them often?• Supervisor style: different people with ‘unique’ personality
    • 4. Selecting and Managing Supervisor• How to handle conflict with supervisors?• Balancing between research and supervisors expectation• ‘Hobby research’ – not your actual/ core research• Publications – expectation between developing and developed nation
    • 5. Time Management• Why managing time important (limited study period)• Is it important to finish early?• General guideline (ideal case): – 6-12 months: research direction (proposal) – 12-18 months: initial results – 18-24 months: data collection and analysis – 24-30 months: research extension and analysis – 30-36 months: thesis writing
    • 6. Time Management• What happened was: – 1st year: Motivation, new environment and adaptation process – 2nd year: same routine, troubleshooting/ problem with research leads to disappointment – 3rd year: under pressure to complete study (financial constraint), wake up call (ToC) – time is moving so fast!• Critical phase: the final 6 months!
    • 7. Prioritizing Commitments• Supervisor(s) vs. Family• Family: Wife vs. Children• Part-time work vs. Study• ‘Cuti Belajar’ – the literal meaning!
    • 8. Family Issues• Let the supervisors know you have a family to look after• What happens at lab stay at lab!• Away from the country – death or sickness within the family• Community activity and help

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