Such is the enviable life of the tenured college literature professor, and all you have to do to get it is earn a Ph.
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 thesis Turn your dissertation into a book, I 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. Usually, when a lot of smart people are working together, there are a lot of interesting things one can learn or sample.
New statistical methods, new technology, interesting research topics, and much more. You stretch yourself too thin. You start to learn everything and anything and end up knowing nothing good enough to really do something with it.
Realizing that you cannot learn everything. The time of universal experts is long gone. You have to set priorities what to learn and when. And you will have to delegate some things. Yes, the offers are there, the possibilities to learn very interesting things like R can be tempting.
But in the end, you have to prioritize. What is crucial for your thesis? But besides that — you do not need to learn everything if you can delegate it. If you want, for example, learn how to do the programming of a mobile device yourself, delegate it first and then look at the program to understand how it was done.
You can first do the calculations with SPSS, then check them later with R if you have time to learn it. In most of the cases the results will be the same and this way you can make sure that you did use R correctly.
Having no time for the dissertation project. You are working for thousands of other projects but not your PhD thesis. You supervisor is confident that you will manage it, but you are not so sure.
Not setting limits and saying no. It is hard to reject work offers or assignments, but if your supervisor has many PhD students and does not know how much work is involved in the tasks, he might easily crush you under work orders, first leaving you no time for your PhD thesis, then leaving you no time for any life at all.
Many supervisors underestimate the time it takes for beginners to do a study.Anonymous said as a long time professional cook, and long time wine drinker, i can say that wines left out for several weeks do turn to vinegar and the fact of the matter is, this is the exact process that vinegar use to be made hundreds of years ago and still is in smaller type operations.
In other words, a dissertation is where you begin to articulate the ideas and arguments that will eventually transform into your book. But it takes a lot of revising, restructuring, and failing in order to find a cohesive argument and structure.
The end of the school year is approaching FAST. It’s crunch time. You can picture that report card now, and it’s not looking pretty. Here’s the good news. To publish a book out of your thesis, you need to contact a publisher who publishes books in your subject area.
They may want to see your thesis first, to see if it is worth publishing. And if that is the case, a publisher will be able to advice you accordingly i.e. what you need to do to turn you thesis into a book. This is the best way forward. First, recognize that turning your dissertation into a book is one of the hardest things you’ll ever be asked to do in your career.
It’s a long, arduous, and often solitary process, requiring hours of work and multiple drafts.
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