There is more to PhD life than research!
As PhD students, there is no doubt that the majority of our time is spent on research. After all, that’s the main task we are being paid for. Many of us even sacrifice evenings and weekends for our PhD project, either out of our own interest or due to time pressure. While we focus on acquiring hard (technical) skills and knowledge from doing our research, we should not forget that its’s often soft skills, such as perseverance and sociability, that determine life success. Similarly, a study in UK reported that knowledge directly related to PhD research subjects is not valued as much in industrial world as in academia. What both sectors value, though, are general analytical skills and problem-solving capability.
Of course, these soft skills can also be developed while conducting research. Nonetheless, that is still considered our little comfort bubble with little diversity. Working together with non-colleagues can bring us to a completely different world. This series brings together seven PhDs who have explored this different world. Find their stories below!