It appears that I’m not the most regular blogger in the world. Still, I am ready and willing to do another post now. Before I say a few words about where I’m up to with the PhD I would just like to comment on #phdchat. This is a twitter feed where PhD students from all over the globe can chat about their research and about their successes and failures. It’s a brilliant support actually. The other week I tweeted about critical realism (sad I know), but I got a brilliant response and have actually used the resources provided to help me with a nasty epistemology presentation and essay. On a Wednesday evening there is a live chat based on a topic voted for by us and it is a mixture of very useful and plain supportive. So if like me you ‘sort of’ dip into IT, try this.
My PhD is changing. I know that this is expected and is a ‘good’ thing, but I am already a bit concerned that I am loosing focus. I’m a bit obsessed with internships and graduate schemes and their effect on power relations/conflict within organisations. I’m chomping on the bit to read stuff on this but actually do anything till I am done with my coursework. I have 4 rather large pieces of work to do by the end of January, so I sort of feel that my own work is at a standstill till that’s finished.
Still on a positive note..I have kept up with everyone and my imposter syndrome is slowly abating. I’m lacking in confidence but think that by the year end I should be more focused and getting the hang of it all a bit more.
I think I’ll clear up the room where I work in preparation for my new years resolution: to be vegetarian (and a more organised) researcher.