managing your supervisor
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DESCRIPTIONManaging your supervisor. Toby Walsh National ICT Australia Universities of NSW and Uppsala. Health Warning. Managing your supervisor Several supervisors asked me if this topic was a “good idea” For whom?. Health warning. You really ought to be asking Brahim, Zeynep, Emmanuel, .. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Managing your supervisorToby WalshNational ICT AustraliaUniversities of NSW and Uppsala
Health WarningManaging your supervisorSeveral supervisors asked me if this topic was a good ideaFor whom?
Health warningYou really ought to be asking Brahim, Zeynep, Emmanuel, .. How do you manage Toby?Or is that, can you?Im not sure that I managed Alan Bundy that well!
OutlineUnderstanding your supervisorManipulating your supervisorGreat expectationsCommon pitfallsDealing with conflictManaging your career
Understanding your supervisorTheir goalsTheir skillsTheir hatesTheir inadequacies
Their goalsSupervision is a poorly paid jobI have supervised students at universities that dont even employ meClearly your supervisors goal is not (directly) moneySo what is motivating them?
Their goalsGiving back to the systemThey were well supervised, ...Creating a scientific legacyAmbassadors to spread their views, ...Multiplying their outputMy favourite programming language, ...
Their skillsThey vaguely know what it takes to get a PhDThey surely have one themselvesThey offer different skills over the life cycle of your PhD
Their skillsAt the startIdentifying a good questionKnowing what has already been doneAnticipating when a problem will be too hard or too easy
Their skillsIn the middleWatching over the bigger pictureNudging your in good directionsIdentifying common pitfalls (see later)Keeping an eye on the clock
Their skillsAt the endTelling you when to stopKnowing what a thesis looks likeAnticipating problem areas for your viva
Their hatesStudents who quitWasted effort all roundStudents who finish lateThey know writing up isnt that pleasantBut it needs to be done
Their inadequaciesSupervisors are only human tooThey are unable toread your mindmanage their timeremember much
Try to RememberThey are learning on the jobThere are no classes to be a supervisorThey have little experienceLike in medicine: do one, watch one, teach one
Manipulating your supervisorInform themScientific obstaclesPersonal obstacles
Manipulating your supervisorBe positiveYour supervisor is more likely to want to helpYoull feel better
Manipulating your supervisorWork hardThey will be more willing to work hard tooYoull more likely to get resultsA thesis is hard work
Manipulating your supervisorWriteInternal notesConference papersJournal articlesThey will find it hard to ignore paper
Manipulating your supervisorBe their ambassadorScientific contactsSocial networking
Manipulating your supervisorMake yourself invaluableReviewing papersHelping run conferencesRunning the lab/group
Great expectationsYour expectationsTheir expectations
Your expectationsIntellectual supportQuality assuranceTelling you when (not) to stopEmotional supportEncouragementConstructive environment
Their expectationsYou finishYou go on to superviseYour drafts lack spelling mistakes
Common pitfallsSolving the worldManna from heavenComputer bumIvory towerResearchers Bible, Alan Bundy et al.http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/bundy/how-tos/resbible.html
Common pitfallsMisunderstood geniusLove of jargonIf I can do it, its trivialLove of complexityLost in abstractionAmbitious paralysisResearchers Bible, Alan Bundy et al.http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/bundy/how-tos/resbible.html
Psychological hurdlesSelf confidenceResearch impotenceThin skinCold startTheorem envyFear of exposure
Dealing with conflictConflict is commonSupervision is like a marriageEven divorce is possible
Dealing with conflictCommunicateConflict often caused by breakdowns in communication
Dealing with conflictCompromiseThere are two of you in this marriage
Dealing with conflictSpeak to your second supervisorApproach a colleague of theirsFind your graduate officer
Dealing with conflictIf all else fails, you can change your supervisorFormally or informallyFunding may be an issue
Managing your careerYour supervisor is your best friendGetting your first jobGetting your second job...Your success is their success
Managing your careerUnlike a marriage, they expect (and want) you to leaveTo see you stand on your own feetMore like having children?
Managing your careerWhere to next?PostDocFacultyIndustrySeminary
Managing your careerYour supervisor doesnt know everythingExperience other labsShort visitsPost DocSabbatical
Managing your careerExploit mentorsSupervisorThesis committeeVisitors...
Managing your careerHelp othersYour scratch my back, ...ContributeOrganize workshopsGive tutorialsDevelop web resources, ...
Managing your careerSet goals, make plansStandard career pathsLess conventional pathsExpect the unexpected
ConclusionsUnderstanding your supervisorManipulating your supervisorGreat expectationsDealing with conflictManaging your career