February 21, 2011 4:31 AM Subscribe
PhD filter: What do you wish you had done or known, as you started your PhD?
What do you wish you had known as you started your PhD?
How would you shape your topic differently? How would you handle yourself at conferences? What sort of overall strategy would you pursue for your career? Would you pick a more esoteric topic or a more mainstream one? What is the most important trait in your advisor? How did you keep him/her happy?
I'm especially interested in
- People who are happy they did the PhD, have gone onto successful careers (not necessarily in academia), etc.
- Social science PhDs (economics, psychology, sociology -- not humanities, hard sciences)
- PhDs *outside* of America (UK, Australia, Canada)
If your advice is "Get out now!", please let me know what you think you could have done differently to be in a different position -- even if the whole system is quite flawed.