Questions tagged [quitting]

Questions about leaving an academic position. This could apply to quitting an educational program, such as a doctoral program, or quitting a faculty position.

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Leaving postdoc for another one

I have started my first postdoc for a little less than a year now. It is a two-yrs position. However, my relationship with these new supervisors have been at least questionable. Additionally, my ...
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I want to change PhD programs because the city is unsafe, how do I approach this?

I am an international grad student in a middle-tier mathematics PhD program in the USA. I am still in my first year. Soon after joining the program I realized there is no active faculty who works ...
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Prolonging PhD to make up for low-productivity caused by poor mental health [closed]

There are several posts on this site about potentially leaving a PhD program due to mental health issues (e.g. 1, 2, 3), and these issues can impede productivity. Seeking help from a mental health ...
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Is it a good idea to move universities late into PhD?

I have been enrolled in a PhD program for 3 years now. I have a had a pretty disappointing experience so far: I have had three different supervisors (didn’t get along with the first, the second moved ...
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How to ask your PhD promotor for a letter of recommendation for another PhD position

I may quit my current PhD position after a year and a half due to supervision-related reasons. My promotor is the professor who is head of team (and supervised my master thesis), while I am currently ...
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Should I consider another Ph.D somewhere else after a year and half into my current Ph.D? [closed]

I had asked a similar question after six months into my current PhD. Then, the question was too dependent on individual factors and hence the question was closed. I will briefly explain the situation ...
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What should I do with a year left in PhD?

I'm a phd student in mathematics in US. Basically, I worked hard throughout the first two years because of the qualifying exam. After that, I kind of lost steam when I was supposed to start doing ...
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ls it wrong to not have any research ambitions after PhD and postdoc experience?

I did my PhD and 1 year postdoc in mechanical engineering from a top 20 world ranking school. Though it took me longer than others to get my PhD (5.5 years), I published 5 first authored papers there. ...
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Thinking about leaving my PhD: my particular story [duplicate]

I know this was asked here many times, but each situation is different than others. I'll tell you my story to get some insight. Roughly 6 months ago I started a fully funded position for a PhD abroad. ...
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Possible options for an unhappy graduate student

I am a first year PhD student in Mathematics at a US university but I cannot adopt myself to the environment of my current program. I feel this program is not right for me. Unfortunately, I have to ...
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Guilt about quitting PhD as first student of the lab

I am a first year PhD student in a lab in Europe. I joined the lab 6 months ago and soon afterwards realized that the topic and institute are not what I had imagined it would be. It took me quite some ...
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I am being asked to resign with only a week left on my postdoc contract, should I? [closed]

My two year postdoc contract is ending next week. I am looking for a job at a bank in my state now. My university's personnel office has contacted me asking me to resign; that is to say, they're ...
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How to reapply for another PhD program after quitting existing PhD?

I am in 4 semester of my PhD program. The moment I joined the XYZ University, I was not that much happy with the lab, supervision, system, environment. Then, the pandemic happened. On and off I tried ...
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9 vs 12 months distributed pay options and quiting your job before the end of the school year

What if you opt for the 12-month pay but quit your position before the end of an academic year? (For example, give 30-days notice in December). Do you forfeit your 3 months of distributed pay that ...
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What advantages do professors have over equivalent industry and government researchers?

Tenure track professors at USA R1s, ideally in STEM, help me understand: in 2021 what advantages do professors have over equivalent industry and government researchers? I am tenure track at a top 5 ...
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Quitting master degree MBA [closed]

I am planning to quit my master degree ( I have completed 14 of 20 months) because I dont feel it will be helpful in my career, I also dont like to do a final Business model plan (which is huge around ...
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I left a Ph.D. after a semester and now want to apply for master's degree. How can I justify my reasons of leaving well?

I was enrolled in the neuroscience Ph.D. program in 2020 in Turkey (without doing a master's because I graduated from medical school) in the condition that I had to take the GRE within my first ...
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How will me leaving my program effect my lab's funding?

I'm currently dealing with some personal issues that are affecting my progress in my Ph.D. program. As a result, I intend to leave my program as soon as possible (end of this semester). However, I ...
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Left postdoc for a non-academic post in the same university - PI is chasing me to write a paper

I recently left a postdoc position (UK) due to the grant coming to a close, and I have moved on to a non-academic post at the same university. I had been looking to move out of academia for a while so ...
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Unable to find a PhD advisor: Questions about leaving the program and other options

UPDATE: Lost funding and leaving the program. I continued my search and tried to establish contact with around 10 faculty of interest. Most did not even reply to my emails. Contacted gradutate ...
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Seriously considering quitting my current PhD program after 1 week of starting - any advice?

Edit #1: Thank you all for the comments. After sorting out some messes in my recent life and thinking things through. I do realize quitting isn't just a "magic bullet" to make world perfect. ...
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Have been thinking of Quitting PhD since day 1 - Advice appreciated!

I would really appreciate to hear some other people's thoughts on my situation. I am going into my third year of my PhD at a UK uni (paid studentship) and am thinking of quitting (80% sure) and ...
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How is quitting a PhD perceived in academia and industry?

I am in similar situation as in this post. I am a foreign PhD student in the Netherlands. My work is related to computer vision. Here, each PhD student typically has two supervisors, a senior ...
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I fear academia may not be for me. What should I do? [duplicate]

I've grown to realise that despite being nearly a year in, I've made little (if any) progress towards completing my objectives and it feels like I'm working in a vacuum since I'm not allowed back on ...
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What is most gracious way to exit a doctorate program?

I've made an internal decision to leave my doctorate program of 3.5 years. The reasons are many, but the major one is that I have realized that I don't need a doctorate to fulfill my career dreams, ...
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Telling my supervisor I'm unhappy

An update to yesterday's post. A mixture of events has caused me to lose interest in my PhD project. I started on the back of losing a close family member which really didn't give me a good start. ...
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I'm unhappy with my PhD [closed]

I started work on my project in January right off the back of losing a very close family member, which didn't give me a very good mindset to begin with. I had an initial doubt in my mind that the ...
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Will Leaving a tenure track position after one year for a postdoctoral position at a better location hurt my future academic career? [closed]

I'm leaving a tenure track position after one year, I have a tenure track offer and a postdoctoral offer. The postdoc position is in the very nice city and I like the research projects there. But the ...
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The influence of my supervisor has been harmful to my research. Should I still present my thesis? [closed]

Some background. After my bachelor's, I took an interdisciplinary masters that allowed me to switch to a field that interested me. I'm currently in a PhD student with a supervisor that took a similar ...
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Should I consider quitting my Ph.D. after 6 months? [closed]

About my background: I finished my master's six months ago with a cum laude in Europe (A tier 1 university) and my research was very theoretical and I did invest a lot of thought into it. I like it a ...
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Rejecting Postdoc Extension for Other Grant Management Opportunities

I helped my PhD supervisor to secure a funding for an 18-month project in 2019. My supervisor got the grant in April 2020 and she asked me to consider doing a postdoc under the project. I was not very ...
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How do I tell my supervisor that I've been offered a job and want to leave? [duplicate]

Yesterday I posted about wanting to leave my PhD and I've definitely decided that it's the healthiest choice for me. Now comes the hardest part- telling them that I plan to leave the program once I ...
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I want to quit my PhD and it's only been 6 weeks

Long story short, I realise that I do not like the field of study I have chosen and I Cannot see myself having the ability to successfully complete a PhD in it. I studied physics and went onto enrol ...
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I'm thinking about leaving after 6 months as a PhD student [closed]

I started last November but I've been having this gut feeling that this project may not be the one for me The big picture is that I'm not really happy with the theory- if I'm being totally honest with ...
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Quitting physics master's degree for another physics MSc. degree due to family/financial-health reasons

I'm now enrolled in the first semester of my first year in Germany (ranked in the best 100 universities) and I haven't taken any exams yet, since there's still at least 2-3 weeks for it. I never had ...
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Should I quit my PhD after 4 months?

I've been thinking a lot before asking this question, but now I feel it's time to seek some advice. I started my PhD a couple of months ago and now it is almost 4 months since I put my hands on this ...
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Considering leaving after three months [closed]

I am a PhD student sponsored by a company and considering leaving after three months. This is an opportunity offered by my supervisor because he has a good relationship with the company and the ...
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Can I quit an already started Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellowship to start an assistant professorship? [closed]

I received a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship in Europe. Now, due to the institute's lack of equipment + COVID, it seems I will be able to do barely any of the things I had planned. I have been ...
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Is it too soon to leave TT position? [closed]

I am an Asst Prof. I started during COVID so I know things aren't normal. I love my colleagues but I have been having problems with my chair. This week after a reasonable request regarding my career,...
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Is applying for other positions during the early stages of a PhD you don't like considered bad? [duplicate]

I've recently started a PhD position in a university and I figured out that many aspects deject me. At the moment I'm employed in a test phase of a few months, and this has led me to think of leaving ...
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Is jumping PhDs frowned upon?

Long story short, I am a PhD student at a University and I want to leave and start a PhD somewhere else. I am in the process of applying right now. I do not think it is super relevant to this question ...
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Will I be competitive for college teaching jobs if I quit ABD?

I'm looking at quitting my PhD (4.5 years in) in engineering in the U.S at an R1. My advisor and I tried a new tack after I broached quitting this Spring, but I'm concerned that things aren't ...
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Asking for letters of recommendation for HS teaching positions

I am in my first year of a PhD. The only thing I look forward to in the morning is grading/prepping lab/office hours for my twice a week TA assignment. The nature of my program is very stressful, and ...
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I got an offer from my dream graduate school days after starting grad school somewhere else. What should I do?

I have been offered a PhD in a European country which I have accepted and I started attending (my first month). However, just few days after starting here, I got another offer (from a different ...
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TVöD contract E13 (limited contract 2 year) notice period

I am on the 1st year of a TVöD E13 contract (offered for 2 years), and I would like to ask: what is the notice period for resigning from my current job?
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I'm thinking about quitting my PhD program and seeking advice [closed]

I have completed part of my PhD program and am thinking about quitting- I'm looking for advice from someone who has had a similar experience or who has advice to offer. I took my comprehensive exams ...
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Can my old supervisor publish my work without my say so

So I completed my PhD in Jan this year and have graduated. Since then I have left academia/research and ended up in a regular job I love despite it being something that is unrelated to my PhD. My ...
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How to gracefully step back from academic administration duties during the pandemic?

I am a tenured professor who holds some administrative positions (e.g., graduate director) in exchange for teaching reduction. I had previously asked about the administrative tasks consuming all my ...
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My Phd advisor does not appreciate anything I do, and provides no help [closed]

I have completed five years in my Ph.D. (computer science) in a reputed research institute in India. The area of my research is not Machine Learning or Data Science, nothing to do with data. I have ...
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When to decide quitting academia? [closed]

I am in my third year of postdoc in Germany. Working in CS, I published only very few papers (3 in A* venues) during my postdoc. There are several reasons why I couldn't publish a lot of papers ...
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