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Scenario 2: A highly ambitious supervisee

Your new PhD student comes to her very first supervision meeting full of confidence and good ideas, with a highly ambitious research plan and a resolute determination to enter an academic career in 3-4 years’ time.
  • Focus on your thesis; don’t get distracted by all the other activities that will come your way.
  • This is a highly competitive sector so you’ll need to be pro-active in finding opportunities to stand out.
  • This sounds excellent. Go and get started and I’ll see you next month.
  • The likelihood of getting an academic job is slim, so you need to explore alternative options.
  • This sounds excellent. Go and decide what you want to achieve in your first 9 months, write a plan for how you’re going to achieve it, and send it to me before our next meeting.
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