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Why I continued studying
I've always wanted to do a PhD despite my preferred career path (working in Government) not requiring one. Having a PhD however can assist in moving up the career ladder in the long-term.
What my course is like
3-3.5 years studying on a research project.
How I have funded my studies
I was awarded 2 scholarships for the duration of my PhD studies; one a living stipend and one covering my international student fees.
What I like most
I am surrounded by like-minded people who are eager to keep on learning.
What I like least
It can be quite frustrating at times when you experience barriers in your own research! Also, it can be quite an isolating experience working on your own research for such a long time.
What surprised me most
There are a lot of opportunities for PhD students to do things alongside of researching. I have also tutored, lectured and conducted seminars for undergraduate modules, and work as a research assistant on an ad-hoc basis. With good organisational skills, you can certainly develop your CV alongside conducting your studies.
My advice to students considering further study
Look carefully at which university you want to pursue your education at, as it is at least 3 years of your life in one place. I considered a few universities, but in the end, chose the one with the best support and where I felt I could personally grow as an academic- this actually meant applying to a university that was academically not as prestigious as other options I had available. I am still really glad I made this decision.
Once you have found a suitable institution, network and form relationships with the department as best you can so you have support throughout the application process.
Happy to answer any questions about the PhD, life in Australia or practical questions.
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