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What to enter for "current situation" in PhD application if one is unemployed

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I am applying for a PhD program, in one of section they ask about my Current situation (professional/academic. I finished my master and now I do not have job and just applying for PhD and writing my paper. what should I write that have better effect on them? p.s :It is a mandatory part and it has a small line

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I'd say "Applying to Ph.D. programs"

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You have mentioned that you are writing paper. If you are working on materialising your master thesis or any other research work, you can mention the same with decent phrase in the current situation section. This will convince graduate committee members that you are still in field and you are keen on pursuing research.


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What to enter for "current situation" in PhD application if one is unemployed

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I am applying for a PhD program, in one of section they ask about my Current situation (professional/academic. I finished my master and now I do not have job and just applying for PhD and writing my paper. what should I write that have better effect on them? p.s :It is a mandatory part and it has a small line


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I'd say "Applying to Ph.D. programs"

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It sounds to me more like a smart-aleck response. As you say, it does tend to imply "doing nothing important", but the more conventional way to say that would be to simply write "Unemployed". - Nate Eldredge Feb 8 at 22:03

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