Doing a PhD is a long, challenging but rewarding journey. Earlier this year, astrophysics PhD student Fiona and I teamed up to pass on what we had learned and give our advice for new and prospective PhD students.
In part 2, we discuss doing science communication and outreach, teaching, solving problems, dealing with failure and rejection, and finally, getting started writing your thesis.
Part 2 blog post.
As a bonus, at the end of the part 2 blog post, we also discuss using social media, particularly Twitter, as a scientist.
Especially towards the end of part 2, doing a PhD can sound a bit doom-and-gloom, but it’s really not. This advice was offered as a realistic assessment of the setbacks that some people may encounter when doing a PhD. Overall, I enjoyed my PhD and choosing to do a PhD was one of the best decisions I ever made.