I am an engineer in Academia, coming from a Master's degree that is pretty distant from Academia. I am ten months into my job and I still feel a bit distant about Academia, scientific research and the like.
An example would be yesterday: I had to write an abstract for an upcoming conference. I free-handed something about the project I'm working on, but after giving it to my project leader for review, it was obvious that I didn't know what was expected from me.
I am expected to start a PhD program in a bit more than a year, and I still feel... Unfit for Academia.
What are some good resources to learn about survival in Academia? I am thinking of things like:
- Advice on how to shape your work schedule
- How to write research papers
- How to communicate with people from other labs
There seems to be no "Academia for dummies". I feel like I would have needed such a book.