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Questions tagged [soft-skills]

Questions about social skills, emotional intelligence, networking, communication, productive habits, and interpersonal skills

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Is asking your PhD supervisor a basic question considered inappropriate?

I've done my Master's degree in Computational Mathematics. Then, because of several reasons, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. in the field of Quantum Chemistry. The problem is, obviously, my lack of ...
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What programming language should a physics major know? [closed]

Know how of what programming language will come in handy during a physics major's research ?
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What should physics majors work on during semester breaks? [closed]

First and second year students are unlikely to get selected for major internships (right?). Given this, what can students do after freshman and sophomore years that will be useful later on. I thought ...
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Rehearse or memorise to improve my presentations?

This may be a dumb question. I would like to improve my presentation skills. So should I rehearse my presentation at least 5-10-20 times? Or should I memorise my presentation and practice it enough? ...
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Could appealing/advocating for mental illness/ADHD/disability rights count as volunteering?

TL;DR Applying for PhD and asked volunteer experience. I requested ADHD accommodations and am the first student in my alma mater to get extra time on exams. I didn't do it solely for other people such ...
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Indicate leadership/groupwork in research experience for graduate applications?

For academic CVs, should/how do/how might I indicate leadership/group work when describing certain research projects? Option A: Use words Project A, Subject X11, Date Group Description ...
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Post-doc priorities: “Laundry list” vs. “Research trumps all”

I am a post-doc in the physical sciences and I am finding that people have very different expectations of what a post-doc's priorities should be. Typically people are somewhere between two camps. I ...
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UK Transferable skills programs, where has this scourge originated and how to complain about it?

If you are part of academia in the UK, either as a teacher, postdoc or PhD student, you might have had to fulfill some departmental requirement for transferable skills. For those who have never came ...
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Applying for a position: Certificates and Supplements

When applying for positions in academia (I think the question is valid for economy as well) I add several documents to my application: cover letter/motivational letter, CV, publication list, PhD ...
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Evidence regarding the effect of soft-skills for academic success?

I was planning on giving a talk for undergrads regarding the effect of soft skills on success in both academia and the industry. It seems well-established that soft skills (along with hard skills) are ...
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Advice for a PhD… who is aiming for industry

In recent years there has been much talk of difficulties in the academic job market, and of many PhDs transitioning out of academia into the private sector. From what I've observed, it seems that ...
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Applying for jobs outside academia: when and what kind of jobs are out there? [closed]

I am at the end of my PhD. I am considering switching to the private sector and find a job in some company. There are two main questions I did not find an answer yet: Is there some professional ...
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Appropriate response(s) to a possibly rude 'off-duty' academic staff [closed]

In my university, students doing their Phd or Honours are regularly recruited on a part-time basis to assists with students in lab experiments. As a student in the Math and Physical science, my ...
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Emphasizing previous sales skill in finance PhD application?

It seems a rather odd thing to emphasize, but I thought my past experience as a broker could be turned into a positive rather than a moot point. Do PhD admissions committees take into account soft ...
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How to get work done on the weekends

As an undergraduate, I had a problem: I could work very efficiently during the week, but over the weekend I could get absolutely nothing done. Usually my plans for the weekend would include errands, ...
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What if you love your field but can't take the heat of academia?

Imagine "a person" who may or may not be brilliant in her field, but certainly has new things to contribute, some of them (in her opinion) fascinating. Imagine she adores her field, relates to it ...
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How can a would-be researcher overcome slow comprehension, obsession and poor communication skills?

I m a current master coursework student in engineering major and I’m planning to do a PhD after graduating from this course. I want to know how to become a qualified researcher. There are several ...
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How to alleviate “back to school” anxiety as a graduate student?

I find myself experiencing back to school anxiety as a new semesters begins in less than three weeks, mainly because the unpredictability associated with graduate life. In some ways it feels less ...
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Developing meta-cognitive and emotional skills during PhD?

I am convinced that I possess sufficient "cognitive skills" to succeed doing my PhD. Reflection on myself, however, confronts me with the fact that my "meta-cognitive" (time management, mental ...
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What must a researcher know or understand about another researcher to ensure successful research collaboration?

What must a researcher know or understand about another researcher to confidently conclude that he or she can become a good partner in collaboration? Specific opinions will be appreciated, e.g. the ...
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How should I ask for library services for literature review?

Early on the research planning process, I would like to make use of the services offered by public libraries. Including online library services, what is the best way they could help a student ...
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How can I improve my attention and make fewer mistakes?

Throughout my life, I have always had some issues with what I, my peers and my teachers referred to colloquially as "paying attention". By this I mean a very specific ability to not make mistakes. ...
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What simple events can a graduate student club organise to network with former students, companies, etc.?

I'm a graduate student in Engineering. This semester we're going to form a graduate student club. We're thinking about creating some networking events with former students, companies, etc. Do you ...
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How can a PhD student enlarge his academic collaboration network?

I am a new doctoral candidate of information and computer science and about to initiate my research, and typically collaborate with my supervisor and other group members. But seldom will a researcher ...
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What skills are needed to sustain a research group?

As a young academic, I am struggling to set up a research group that produces papers or proposals on a regular and sustainable basis. I had my share of PhD students, but nothing structured in a proper ...
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Which soft skills for research career?

In a previous question we stated that soft skills are pretty important for admission decisions in universities, so I suppose that you'll agree with me if I said that they are very important not only ...
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Why don't colleges and departments teach social skills?

After all, to do research with a professor, a student has to have good social skills. So why not have classes that teach social etiquette and social skills? It seems that many courses in college are "...