I am PhD student working in computer science. I am worried about the perception that my research career is going to be almost the same as that of former students in my group. I am not satisfied with this because:
- I came from very good university as compared to my colleagues.
- While I don’t think I am a genius, surely I am a very hard worker with discipline. To me it appears that I can do much better than other if I work hard for long period of time in academia.
- I could have gone to a slightly better university for my PhD, but here I get to work with a professor who works in the research area I am interested in.
Please note, I am not saying these former students are not in a good place – they now have post-docs in good universities. I also know that I should focus on my research and should not compare myself with others, but this is difficult in practice.
Question: How can I break this perception that my research trajectory will be almost the same as that of the former students in my group?