If you like university life and academic work, pursuing a doctoral degree seems the next logical step, but it is also a challenge that’s different in nature to getting a bachelor or master, and has substantial effects on your career and your life in general. I have written up some of my own thoughts on the risks involved in this decision, and have included pointers to discussion by others for your consideration if you are presently pondering whether to apply for a doctoral program. They are in no particular order and I don’t make a claim to universal validity – these are my opinions based on my experience, your mileage
may will vary.
Usually, some students immediately rush to contact a couple of potential supervisors as soon as we post the list of thesis supervisors — like they are on sale and only available while supplies last. Did we mention that it is best to first develop a proposal and then try to find the best match for a supervisor?
At least some of you are considering a quantitative analysis for your thesis! Depending on the level of experience, getting started with your own analysis is pretty tricky, after all, you need to construct your very own data set.
In this post, I briefly discuss three tips on creating your own dataset that may prove helpful to you.