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First-Year PhD Candidate Experience (with Ubaida Yousaf)

45 min / Published
By Nazerke

In this episode, we discuss the student life after being accepted for a certain PhD position. We discuss everything starting from a first experience until some of the expected multi-tasks e.g. teaching, publishing papers etc. You can get a general description of a PhD first-year experience such as becoming an independent researcher, building a healthy relationship with your supervisors and more. So, please enjoy the episode. 

-    Becoming a PhD 
-    Independence in PhD 
-    How to handle PhD journey (from personal experience only)

00:00 Intro
00:10 Who is Ubaida Yousaf 
00:47 Ubaida's master's experience in 3 words
03:28 About Ubaida's PhD research project & work aspects
06:00 Soil microorganisms & importance of identifying C pools
07:54 How PhDs start & be familiar with an imposter syndrome 
09:22 "You have to do everything on your own ... you will become a completely different person ... "
10:17 New city & new position
11:26 Asking for help
12:59 Do lab skills matter for PhD?
14:43 Teaching / helping Professors / publishing papers ...
15:58 " ... management is something you learn ... since you need to manage so many things ... "
16:40 How to handle multiple tasks (for PhD)
17:37 Burnout
19:42 Comparing yourself to others
21:12 Dealing with stress
22:26 Essential skills for PhD
25:55 Building better interructions with supervisors
27:22 About introverts & social skills
29:56 Work life balance 
31:45 Joining groups & finding groups
33:29 Hiddend parts of PhD (technicalities)
34:20 How demanding is PhD?
36:09 Team vs. individual work in PhD
37:42 Art is a language of emotions
39:19 About travelling
42:31 What scares you the most in life?
43:24 Advice for my younger self
43:43 "Science is heaven for thinkers!"

Science Talk with Naz:
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Ubaida Yousaf
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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXGNcUz8JJNs-1zDoAg8R6Q/

Nazerke Amangeldy
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nazerke-amangedy-9ba760206/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/annazeka_

  • PhD
  • dailylife
  • challenges
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