Get some work experience before doctoral studies
As you head to advanced academic studies and seek specialised knowledge, prior work experience helps a lot. This professional experience helps better understand the customers’ needs. Furthermore, this experience also exposes you to the inter-play between industry and research. Additionally the transferrable skills you gain will help in your research work and life.
Take time to explore possibilities
Focus more on the job market demands of the desired study field. Do not just jump immediately from Master’s into doctoral studies. Take time to explore which areas of study you are passionate about. Reflect on your prior education and skills. Seek a study program that will eventually prepare you for a position in the industry. Check the job portals to and learn about the skills that are in high demand. Contact the university or the supervisor about the employment statistics of the PhD graduates. Do some online research on the job market.
Find a topic you are passionate about
Your research topic is the most important aspects of your PhD studies. Properly researching and finding a suitable topic and content is obligatory. Your thesis topic entirely decides the course of your doctoral studies. A topic that does not properly suit your knowledge and passion can delay your graduation. Eventually, this may even affect your success. Find a topic that you are curious and passionate about. Ask your supervisor for his / her support.
Write and publish as much as you can
Writing is another factor of your success during your studies. Writing your doctoral thesis is a responsibility you cannot avoid. In addition, you can pursue other forms of writing. As much as you write, you will enhance your research work and number of publications. In doing so, you will increase your odds of publishing peer reviewed research and scientific papers in the local and international publications.
Furthermore, you can also start a blog where you can post your findings and research articles. This increases your reachability from the international academic, scientific and research community community. Furthermore, you will increase your chances to publish co-authored research/scientific papers. Use every idea and opportunity to write. Write reports, draft articles, research ideas, informal and formal information you get on the topic and investigate the information properly.
Read a lot and tactically
Reading is another defining success factor. During your doctoral research, if you encounter a situation where you lack of specific information, you should do the necessary reading specific to your topic to fill the knowledge gaps. As a PhD candidate, you should follow the independent research on your own initiative and study relevant issues. Furthermore, there are some strategies and tips you need to learn to make your reading faster and more effective.
As a doctoral candidate, you should not only research and publish in your area of studies, but also learn to be a true professional. Your work and findings need to be accurate, reliable and based on reliable data. You must learn the proper way to communicate your results, along with the proper research methodologies and data analytics. You should also learn how to properly formulate your findings. Engage with your supervisor and seek his / her guidance.
Expand your professional network
As in your professional future, you will need people with the experience in the same field with yours, there is a need for you to have a professional network. Try to build and keep good relationships with supervisor, team of supervisors, colleagues, work mates during your practical research in an industry, with the employer and perhaps the clients. Giving and receiving professional information is always an asset that you can transform into a great cooperation on specific future projects or jobs.
Avoid getting a full-time job
One of the challenges you will experience during your PhD studies is landing a full-time job. A full-time job automatically reduces the amount of free time you have. Instead, try to engage in a part time job that does not consume your energy and time. Usually, universities, non-university research institutions and some industry companies post research associate jobs. However, the research project that you work on must fulfil your scientific career objectives. Don’t get distracted by a full-time job for its money. If your university offers teaching opportunities, you should absolutely avail such opportunities to explore your research topic and also impart your learning to others. This way, you will stay focussed on your research and teaching activities.
Be active in informal activities
As a doctoral student, you can participate in various seminars and conferences. Your active participation is a great asset to your studies and success. Participating in such activities where eminent scientists, researchers, and industrialists present their innovations 1st hand is a great opportunity to enrich your thesis with valuable and exclusive information. Furthermore, these activities are great opportunities to expand your professional network.