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Questions about leaving an academic position.

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Thinking about quitting the Ph.D. because I feel depressed in this town? [closed]

I have been living in this town for 16 months, but I am in this Ph.D. position only for 4 months. For the other 12 months, I had been working as an employee in the same research group. I really like ...
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Should I drop out of gradschool or finish out a Masters?

I am currently in my first year as a PhD student in inorganic chemistry, however I am not excited about the research in the group. After some thought I desire to get into a bio-related field (...
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Quitting PhD 2 years into a 3-year program

I'm currently in a 3-year (European) PhD program in Computer Science/Machine Learning, but I feel like I'm very far behind schedule. I started on a very open-ended project proposal and grant, which I ...
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How dificult is it to get into a PhD program years after quitting another?

I am in my 5th year of a PhD program, with the deadline for my dissertation just a few months away and barely any results to report, never mind writing an entire dissertation.* I am considering ...
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PhD student, quit or not? [closed]

I'm half-way through the second year of my PhD in computer engineering in a top tier university in the US and I recently moved to a big city away from the main campus of the institution to the ...
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Fifth year of my PhD and I hate my project. What should I do?

I am a PhD student in mechE. After paying the first year tuition out of pocket, I accepted a PhD project due to desperation for funding. However, after an year I realized that I hate the project. Here ...
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Advisor's Negativity

How do you deal with the constant flow negativity from an advisor? Examples: How worthless I am, how I am the worst student he ever had. Absolutely good for nothing. Whatever I am doing is ...
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Should I feel guilty for quitting postdoc due to immigration status?

Background: I hold citizenship of a country included in the Exchange Visitor Skill list for J1 visa holders (my research area, biological sciences, is on the list as well). My postdoc project is ...
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How to leave a postdoc after just few months without compromising my future career opportunities in academia?

I started my postdoc 5 mounts ago and I am totally unsatisfied about it. To be honest, since the first weeks I understood that I was going to be unhappy here and I had immediately the temptation to ...
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Finishing up with the PhD or quitting without any backup? What should I do?

I am a 3rd year PhD student (started in fall 2017) in Canada in Materials Engineering. I have completed my qualifying exam and proposal last year. I am soon to publish my first publication in a decent ...
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How to leave PhD program without causing problems

I am a second year fully-funded PhD student in a stem field at a large American public university. In my department, most students spend the first two years (and sometimes three years) only doing ...
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Leave of absence to leaving PhD program

I am in the unfortunate situation where I am being forced to leave a PhD program with a master of art in an engineering discipline. Advisor left while I was on leave (health reasons), couldn't find a ...
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Quitting research halfway — how unprofessional/irresponsible?

for background: I am a second year Master's student in computer science. I had gone to the same university for undergrad. For my undergrad honors thesis (during last two semesters), I worked with a ...
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Quit PhD and reapply for another PhD?

I am currently a year-three postgraduate student and aimming for a PhD (in my country 4 year for a PhD, and it's allowed to quit and gain master degree). Although with fine results in the first ...
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Should I quit PhD after 4 years? [closed]

I am at the end of my fourth-year in the Ph.D. program at an average university and I am trying to decide if it's the right decision to leave without getting Ph.D. degree. I have an M.Sc. degree and ...
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Quit a PhD for another PhD

During the last month, I applied for PhD programs in some of the top US Universities in my scientific field. At the same time, I applied also for a PhD position in a very good European University. ...
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Mental Health in Academia [closed]

It has been one year that I am in this lab. The lab publishes great and my supervisor is also very famous. The problems are that my supervisor is hardly there in the lab and out for talks/lectures. I ...
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What criteria would you assess to gauge whether to quit a Ph.D for a job in industry? [closed]

Just started my second year of a 3.5 year EPSRC funded Ph.D (in engineering, and using some machine learning) in the UK. I have recently finished my confirmation review so have secured the funding for ...
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Quitting a job after spending ahead on a grant [closed]

Let's say that I take a position at a university, and the university gives me a grant of $X for 2 years. I use the grant to buy a bunch of equipment and make some international trips, which costs me ...
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Is it stupid to quit graduate program after one year? [closed]

As the title says, I'm thinking about quitting. Everyone I've spoken to seems to think this is a dumb idea (quitting after one year, at least), but I haven't talked to anyone who's actually gone ...
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How to quit an RA ship I just started as gracefully as possible

I am currently working full time and was not being given intelectually stimulating work at my job, so I approached a professor to ask to do an RA ship and he agreed. It seems we had some miss ...
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Dropping Out And Applying Somewhere Else

I am a student in a top 10 engineering Ph.D program. After arriving at my current program a month ago, All of my professors of interest were not willing to take me in and I was given the option to ...
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How can I quit a part time research position with minimum damage? [closed]

The short of the situation is. I have been depressed for about a year now, the root of the issue being that I let myself be convinced that going into industry was a good idea even though I always felt ...
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Should I leave my PhD after 3 years with a Masters? [closed]

I am a current PhD student who just finished my third year in a Computational Biology program at a respected university, and I am looking for some advice. Basically, I am trying to decide whether or ...
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Will leaving a PhD after one year or having a full PhD be better or worse for job in industry? [closed]

I am a UK student, 23 years old, and started a PhD in theoretical physics last October 2018 at a top 15-20 university (my undergrad Maths degree was at a top 5 uni where I got a First Class Honours 1:...
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As a supervisor, what feedback would you expect from a PhD who quits?

I’m quitting my PhD. The decision has been made. The reasons boil down to diminished interest in the research subject and disappointment with the university’s managerial practices (nothing is done on ...
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Quitting PhD for a job, how to tell advisor?

I've started a PhD last year but due to financial reasons I don't think I can stay for the whole program since it's not fully funded. I've received a job offer from a very reputable company which ...
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No interesting research topics available - should I quit and pay back my stipend? [closed]

I’m currently enrolled in Mechanical Engineering MSc program in the UAE. I’m on a scholarship program as a TA/RA. I just finished my first semester through which I suffered greatly but I ended up with ...
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Are these good reasons for starting a new PhD project? [closed]

If have just finished the first year of my PhD studies in mathematics at a German university. After my master's, which I have done in representation theory, I had started a PhD in a more applied field,...
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Planning to start a Bachelor's degree during my PhD: what to say to my advisor?

I am a PhD student on my second year. My advisor is one of the most understanding professors I have ever had the pleasure to work with: he is also one of the, if not the, most important researchers in ...
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Is it okay/possible to quit a PhD program in the 4th year and apply someplace else?

I am a 4th year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at a Tier 1 University. I have joined the current research group due to funding reasons but never really liked the project. The project is not ...
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Physics PhD switching fields after short career break?

I was hoping to get some advice from anyone here on a situation I find myself in. I am currently about 8 months into studying for a PhD in particle theory at a top UK university. The department is ...
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Asking for advice: Leaving Academia after finishing Physics PhD - Hoping to start a career in Data Science right after

I will finish my PhD in Applied Physics (simulations of quantum transport and light scattering in nanowires) in around 6-8 months and I have already made the decision of leaving Academia as soon as I ...
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Should I quit Master's after 2 months into the program? Please help! [closed]

I completed my Bachelor's in Electrical engineering last year in a foreign country. I already had a job pending in that country when I finished but due to visa concerns, I would only be able to start ...
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When should I say I'm leaving my PhD program

I am currently in my first year of a humanities PhD program at one of the ivy-league colleges, and I've decided to leave the program at the end of the current spring term. (Yes, I'm 100% certain - I ...
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4th year PhD, considering leaving for different program

I'm a 4th year PhD student at a top school in Canada studying chemical physics. For the past few years, I have been floating around the idea of leaving with a Masters and pursuing a PhD at a different ...
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Sexually harassed by postdoc supervisor and forced to quit [closed]

I was forced to resign from a postdoctoral position in a major research institute in the US because of sexual harassment. It's been 4 months since I resigned, but I'm still struggling to move on from ...
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I'm about to tell my advisor I want to leave my PhD. Do I mention this when scheduling a meeting or do I drop a bombshell while there in person?

I meet with my PhD advisor quite irregularly so we arrange meetings on an ad-hoc basis depending on work progress, availability etc. Usually we communicate a bunch by email about the state of work. I'...
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Is my Ph.D. research topic worthy?

I am a third-year Ph.D. student in the Industrial Engineering department and my supervisor owns a company based on the technology which I initially intended to work on under his supervision. I am ...
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How to transition: leaving an EdD before completing to pursue a masters in another area

I finished half of my comps for an EdD program that I really have no interest in finishing. I would actually like to pursue a second masters in a different area, but I have no idea how to do so, and ...
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Dealing with poor management, lack of supervision, and the desire to move into a different field

I am halfway through the 4th year of my PhD and I have grown to find that I dislike the direction of my dissertation and the project that I am working on. My supervisor is extremely absent as he is ...
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Is it okay to join a self-funded PhD Program with possibility/intention of leaving in future for funded position

I have done my masters a couple of years ago and now I want to do my PhD. I have been trying to get funded positions but no success yet. Without wasting my time, I am thinking about joining PhD ...
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How to still get something out of my masters degree - overwhelmed in lab, coursework not helpful

I am halfway through my 2 years masters now. I am doing my masters abroad in Asia and slipped into a bit of an unfortunate situation. I originally studied general science as an undergrad and during ...
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Just started a postdoc, but it went REALLY bad, REALLY fast. Stay or go?

I just started my 2-yr postdoc, but things have gone sour really fast. So, I really need some career advice as to what to do. Over several months, I did the interviews with the supervisor and the lab ...
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Is it possible to get second master while I already have one?

I am in a difficult situation and I am looking for some guidance. I have done my research and I have come to the conclusion that it is best for my mental health to take master and leave. Unfortunately,...
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How can I quit an internship before the agreed upon end date without burning bridges?

I'm a recent college graduate, and I'm currently four months into a research internship. My original plan was to take a year off before applying to graduate school (in physics) and use this internship ...
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I feel like I'm in a wrong place, should I quit my PhD?

I started a PhD program recently. I never had any doubts about the fact that I want to do a PhD and I still don't doubt it for a moment. I love working in the area of my interest, but it seems like ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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How to professionally inform of my intention to quit my masters

After long thought, I have decided to quit my master's program. I fully understand the shame and failure that this is. What is the professional way to leave, I do not wish to waste anyone's time but ...
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Just started PhD, feel lost and abandoned

I started my PhD some months ago. My advisor was also my Master's advisor. He was impressed by my skills and passion so I enrolled in a PhD program with him. What happened is that my topic changed ...