The process of composing a PhD can be a long journey for most students. However, it should not be seen as a laborious process that you need to complete and move on from. There can be a whole lot of personal development during the process of completing a PhD. In this article, I will discuss the main lessons I learned as a result from my PhD.
Time management is an important facet of life, even beyond the realms of academia, you will need good time management skills to succeed. Due to the length of completing a PhD, you need to be on top of your work. A PhD typically takes a couple of years to complete depending on the country and institution where you are studying.
Now, that may seem like ample of time, but there is a reason why it takes so long to earn your PhD. PhDs research requires meticulous planning and execution to be successful in. To do this, it takes a long time. You cannot expect to pull an all-nighter the day before your work is due and expect to succeed. What may have worked in undergraduate will not work for your PhD.
To plan a couple of years of work requires great attention and time management, and this is why doing a PhD gives you this pivotal skill.
One of the largest aspects of completing a PhD is that you are left to your own devices to conduct your research, You may receive some input from your supervisor here and there but, for the large part, you will have to do all your work by yourself.
This means that you need to be resourceful. You will attain the skills to research and search up important information regarding your PhD topic. For example, I did not make much use of my university’s library, however, during my PhD I was in the library a couple of times a week checking for important information.
During the process of completing your PhD, you will learn some vital communication skills. Although the majority of your PhD will be written, and this will greatly improve your written communication, your oral communication skills will also greatly improve. The reason for this is because you will need to relay important information to your supervisor throughout the course of your PhD. You will also need to meet with your faculty department to give a proposal about your PhD research.
As you can see, students can pick up great life skills while doing a PhD. These skills are very helpful for success in the employment market, and is a reason why PhD students have an easy time finding jobs.