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A book that takes you through and beyond your doctoral studies. It will be a valuable reference throughout your working life.

Drawing on their own extensive experience, the authors pass on invaluable advice by answering such questions as:

Do I want to do a doctorate?

How should I choose which doctorate and where to study?

How do I achieve my doctorate?

What career opportunities exist once I’ve completed my doctorate?

What is the role of networking, leadership and reputation in building my career?

How do I go about mentoring the next generation?

What do I do when things don’t go to plan?

This practical guide helps you to determine your best answer to all these questions and more. The authors not only discuss how to become a success but also how to keep success going, beginning with the choice to do a doctorate (or not) and what to expect, through how to get the best from student–supervisor interaction, the value of networking, the process of publication, how to choose between a career in academia or industry, while achieving work–life balance.

The authors’ own thoughts are enriched by the life experiences of many colleagues and prominent individuals who have achieved success and recognition: the book contains inspirational quotes from established figures in academia and industry. They reflect on career options, what leads to a successful career, and how to make conscious career choices instead of letting things happen and hoping for the best. This ranges from avoiding common pitfalls—such as squandering your reputation—to developing that all-important energy: your personal passion.

A Doctorate and Beyond will be an extra difference in making the most of the best times and will support you when the going gets tough. If you are contemplating doctoral studies in engineering or the physical sciences, or have a doctorate and are seeking career guidance, this book will change the way you think about life.

For further discussion and information about the book please see the blog/forum hosted by the authors at http://adoctorateandbeyond.com/

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Choosing Whether or Not to Do a Doctorate

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Chapter 1. Is a Doctorate the Right Course for You?

Abstract
Doing a doctorate can be one to the most exciting things you will do in your life. This is a chance to do something that is, at the same time, intellectually challenging and massively rewarding. Having a doctorate has the power to create unparalleled life and work opportunities.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 2. How Might You Use Your Doctorate, if You Get One?

Abstract
This chapter will give initial ideas on where you can use a doctorate if you obtain one. To put some structure into this topic, we will examine the university, private and government sectors separately. However, in truth, there is much overlap. It is also possible to move between these sectors. Specific examples of people who have successfully made the transition in both directions will be provided later in the book.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 3. The Where, Who and What of Doing a Doctorate

Abstract
This chapter addresses three core questions that accompany your doctoral deliberations, namely the “where”, “who” and “what”, of the process.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 4. How Hard Will You Have to Work?

Abstract
This chapter addresses the issue of the work load associated with doing a doctorate. Some students approach the task of doing a doctorate as a 35 hour a week job. We have some bad news especially for doctoral students in Engineering and the Physical Sciences. The truth is that it is a 50–60 hour a week job. On hearing this, many potential students (and, indeed, sometimes also their supervisors) express concern - this is not realistic. However, we need to explain a little further, so please read on.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 5. How Long Will It Take You to Get a Doctorate?

Abstract
This chapter addresses the question of the length of time that it will take to finish a doctorate and whether or not it can, or should, be done part-time. Getting a doctorate requires enormous focus and hard work. Also, your supervisor may demand certain concrete outcomes, e.g. hardware to be built, new theory to be developed, papers to be written, etc. So, make sure that you are aware that this will not come without effort and dedication.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Backmatter

Doing Your Doctorate

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Chapter 6. How to Begin

Abstract
This chapter is intended to get you started on the road to obtaining a doctorate. We address such issues as hitting the road running, maintaining records, keeping the final thesis in mind as you proceed and working in a group.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 7. Student–Supervisor Interactions

Abstract
This chapter gives important advice regarding student–supervisor interactions. You are strongly advised to discuss this issue with your supervisor at an early stage so that an appropriate working relationship is established from the very beginning.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 8. The Value of Networking

Abstract
One of the most important aspects of career development (and indeed of life more broadly) is that of networking. This chapter sets out the case for networking and gives some simple guidelines concerning how you can foster and improve this important activity.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 9. Tools of the Trade

Abstract
In this chapter we discuss “tools” that are necessary to carry out a doctorate. In particular, we discuss having the courage to keep going when the going gets tough, building experimental equipment, reading the literature and keeping track of references. We also discuss how to achieve an appropriate work-life balance. The latter is a key “tool” whose importance will stay with you throughout your career.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 10. The Art of Publication

Abstract
The fact that research necessarily contains innovative and original ideas, invariably means that the ideas should be publishable. Indeed, publication, in an appropriate peer-reviewed scientific conference or journal, is the ultimate proof of the validity of your work. Therefore, the step from doing research to publishing is inescapable. The only time that one might not consider publishing is when there are intellectual property (IP) or other classified restrictions on your work. However, such restrictions usually hold for a finite time window, e.g., until a provisional patent is received. In such a case, publication is still ultimately of great importance.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 11. The Art of Making Great Presentations

Abstract
Throughout your years as a student, and in your later career, you will need to make presentations. The audience you address may range from small to large groups, from experts and students to lay people. Knowing who is in your audience, and what their backgrounds are, is an essential first step. Your ability to make a great presentation will play a huge role in your ultimate success. Thus, we strongly suggest that you practice the art of making presentations. Some brief guidelines are given in this chapter.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 12. The Ethics of Research

Abstract
The Ethical conduct of research is one of the key issues of which every researcher should be aware.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 13. How to Write Your Thesis

Abstract
By this stage, we assume that you have all the necessary components in place to embark on the closing task of completing the actual writing.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

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Using Your Doctorate: The Early Years

Frontmatter

Chapter 14. Securing a Job

Abstract
After completing your doctoral studies, the next phase of your career is likely to kick-off with seeking a suitable position in either the academic, government or the private sector.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 15. An Academic Position

Abstract
In this chapter, we give more detail regarding the responsibilities and duties of a young academic.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 16. A Position in Industry

Abstract
A position in industry is typically a little different from a position in academia although, unsurprisingly, there is much in common. Hence we will use different headings namely; (a) having and delivering on targets, (b) evolving from administration to entrepreneurship, (c) community engagement, and (d) resources and skills.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 17. Moving Freely Between Academia and Industry

Abstract
There are many parallels between a job in academia and a job in industry. The core activities are closer than may be apparent at first glance. To illustrate, we discuss the careers of two individuals; one who made the transition from university to industry and then back to university; the other who held a full-time industrial position but also an adjunct professorship in a university.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 18. The Cycle of Success

Abstract
Once you have chosen where you want to work and have landed your first job, then you can turn to thinking about how to grow your career.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

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Using Your Doctorate: The Later Years

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Chapter 19. The Cycle of Success: The Later Years

Abstract
The principles of the cycle of success described in Chap. 18 remain valid throughout your career. However, both the content and intensity amplify as your career matures. It is therefore appropriate that we review the cycle in this chapter and give further emphasis to issues that you may confront in a more senior position.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 20. Public Speaking and Dealing with the Media

Abstract
This chapter discusses communication skills with particular emphasis on the role of senior people.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 21. Job and Career Changes

Abstract
One of the exciting things about life is that it is forever changing with new adventures and new challenges.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 22. Mentoring and Succession Planning

Abstract
In this chapter, we discuss the role of mentoring in a senior position. We also briefly address the topic of succession planning.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 23. Work-Life Balance

Abstract
We first covered the topic of creating an appropriate work-life balance that works for you in Part I of this book. At that point, we said that this was a life-long issue. It is this life-long relevance that motivates us to revisit the topic in this, the final, part of the book.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

Chapter 24. Keeping the Bigger Picture in Focus

Abstract
In this final chapter, we examine issues regarding keeping the bigger picture in focus.
Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe

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