In undergrad when I was lost and distraught about my major and future career I got counseling focused on trying to figure it all out.

The counselor did an exercise with me about what I wanted in a career and how I saw myself.

Apart from the purpose and philosophy behind the career, I told him I wanted a job where I would wear skirt suit with a briefcase and see clients in an office in a city.

I’m wearing a fly pencil skirt now and a blazer with a heel and my briefcase (/purse) is sitting under my desk in my office in (close to) the city.

Won’t He do it?

anonymous said:

Hey! I know your doing a Psyd for clinical psych, I believe? Do you happen to know if other non clinical psych PhDs have clinicals? Like if I get a Phd in social psych or neuroscience would I have clinicals to do? Or is it like normal classes?

1) What do you mean by clinicals? I only know the nursing term, where they go practice with patients under supervision. We have that, but call it practicum, or externship, or internship. 

2) I have no idea if other doctoral programs have that. If you are in a program where you are training to be a licensed professional who works with clients (psychologist/counselor/therapist) then yes, you need supervised experience with real patients/clients during your program in order to get licensed. If you are in a program where future licensed practice is not the goal, then I’d assume you spend that extra time doing research or teaching or something. But I honestly don’t know for sure.

Today was a long day.

But I’m really proud of myself.

I worked almost 12 hours doing things I truly love, fulfilling my purpose/promise of serving people with my heart and skills.

Then I worked out for about an hour and a half. None of my friends could go but I still went and worked toward my goal.

Then when I got home I put on a DIY face mask, washed all the dishes, made my lunch, got my purse together, planned my outfit, etc.

And I did my devotions.

I didn’t do eeeeverything I could have done today, but I did a lot and my heart is full.

Good night.

The PhD: who completes it and who drops out?


Doctoral completion rates are an indicator of successful doctoral programs, and of a region’s highly skilled workforce. Research Evaluation investigates the factors determining PhD completion and drop-out rates, in a new study “The PhD track: Who succeeds, who drops out?

The study examines a variety of factors that contribute to PhD completion and drop-out rates, including discipline, type of scholarship or appointment, gender, age, and nationality, and determines the time when degree-attainment and drop-out are most likely to occur.

The paper is freely accessible for a limited time.

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  • "The minute you enter grad school, you’re a professional. Grad school is not college, or at least not college as I experienced it, i.e., a special personal journey of exploration and wonder and alcohol. You’re at grad school to be professionalized into academia, and your behavior is expected to reflect that.
  • Your fellow grad students are your colleagues, not (necessarily) your friends. You’ll make good friends, of course you will, but relationships with most other grad students will be more like coworkers than buddies. So if they don’t come to your party, say, or don’t want to hang out after class, don’t be offended. That’s just not what it’s about for a lot of people.
  • You are supposed to go to all the departmental lectures, screenings, colloquia, etc. This stuff is not a fun extracurricular activity that you can hit or miss depending on your interests. Your attendance is expected and your absence is noticed. It’s part of being a good colleague.
  • Pick your classes according to the following criteria, in descending order of importance: 1) The professor is someone you want to know and might want to work with; 2) your seminar paper might come in handy for your oral exams or dissertation research; 3) you’re interested in the topic.”

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