10 memes relate to PhD students

17 Mar 2015

This week’s career memes empathise with PhD students, the individuals working to expand knowledge of a particular field by pursuing research that will result in their PhD dissertation.

What they do: Discover and pursue a unique topic of research to build new knowledge; apply this knowledge to problems and issues; learn theories, practices and research methods and apply these to research and teaching; liaise with faculty advisors and thesis exam committee members; collect, analyse and present research data; participate in appropriate meetings, seminars and workshops; and submit research results for publication.

What they don’t do: Fritter away their time.

Educational requirements: Requirements for admission into a PhD programme can vary depending on the school and the discipline.

Required skills: All PhD students should have excellent skills in research, analysis, communication, time management, attention to detail, problem solving and an ability to meet deadlines.

Salary: In Ireland, PhD student salaries (where applicable) average €16,000, according to Glassdoor.com.

Tina Costanza
By Tina Costanza

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic. She came to Ireland from Canada, where she had held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she wasn’t saving dangling participles, she was training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones.

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