Questions tagged [time-off]

On a period of time during one's education or career in which one is not formally involved in academic pursuits.

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I feel burned out after finishing my master. Should I take year off before the PhD?

I'm in the second year of a master's program and I'm considering taking a year off before doing a PhD. I am excited to do a PhD and have some idea of what I want to research, but I am not sure if ...
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Feeling bad about taking time off

So I'm a first year PhD student in the UK working on an applied mathematics project. Excluding weekends I put in about 37/40 hours a week of work which leaves me pretty tired to say the least. ...
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Is it hard to start a PhD programme after leaving to work in industry?

Currently I'm finishing my master program in computing. I need to decide between going to industry and starting a PhD programme. Having worked a bit with research and industry I prefer the former so ...
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My co-authors want to remove my name from manuscript because I am "not in science anymore," how to correct this?

Two years back, was working as an research associate then have to leave the lab due to some family issues. My work was significant enough to be included in the manuscript and I was told that my ...
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How to start an academic career after 5-6 years in industry, without an undergraduate degree?

As an undergraduate, I wasted a ridiculous amount of time due to a combination of being distracted by part-time work, lack of focus, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, and just plain being ...
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What is the perception of students who take a gap year between their graduation and starting graduate school?

I am an undergraduate mathematics major, entering my fourth year. I plan on applying to graduate school, but I have not yet taken the GRE exams, and there a few key courses (Topology and Algebra in ...
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How to handle 2 years hiatus after PhD?

One of my friend has a 2-years gap after completing his PhD in 2014, gap due to personal reasons, family-one mainly. He is now trying to get a postdoc position in electro-engineering. To me, this ...
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How do I get back into Mathematics after graduating with BSc 14 years ago?

Ive always loved Maths but for numerous reasons I bounced along in general/non-profit admin/management. After maternity leave I have found myself at the bottom again and seriously thinking how can I ...
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Humanities - taking a year off between PhD completion and academic job

I am a PhD candidate in literature, finishing my degree in August. Due to a combination of factors, I did not line anything (academic) up for the coming academic year. However, I will be spending that ...
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How to pursue graduate admissions in mathematics seven years after a humanities undergrad degree?

The simple version: I've been out of college for 7 years and want to pursue graduate studies in a field unrelated to my undergraduate degree but am not sure how. The detailed version: My college ...
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How can I obtain an academic reference, if I have been out of college for a very long time?

I have completed my Master's degree 25+ years ago, and I decided to go back to college to further my education with a Doctorate degree. I fulfill all the requirements, except for the need to provide 2 ...
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What are the consequences of a recommendation from someone in the distant past?

I am in the not completely unusual position of having an eight year period between my Master's and PhD degrees. During this time I was gainfully employed in a completely unrelated and non-academic ...
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In U.S. universities, do male professors get paternity leave?

Do American universities typically help male professors transition into fatherhood by offering (paid) paternity leave? If so, what is the standard amount of paid time off that is offered? Feel ...
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Mandatory army service in the middle of PhD, will it be possible to finish PhD under these conditions?

I started attending a university while in highschool, currently finishing my masters and have started working on my phd with the same (very very nice) advisors (who are aware of the following ...
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What are some implications of taking a break before a PhD in the US or Europe?

I am a final year physics Master's student. I want to do a PhD after completing my masters. But instead of applying directly after completing masters, I wish to take a break from academics for a year ...
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Getting back into academics after an industry stint: what can I do while still in industry to improve my research profile?

I am a computer science engineer with around 3 years of experience designing and implementing large scale software systems. I chose to join a job right after my masters, to get a feel of what the ...
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Possible pitfalls of taking a year off to travel following a PhD instead of immediately starting with a post-doc position?

If a student, soon to complete a PhD, is not ready to enter academia is a year of travel a good option? Assuming that academic route is still interesting after the year will post-doc positions (...
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Will taking a temporary staff position between post-docs end my academic (tenure track aspirations) career

I recently was given a job offer for a ([edit] research support/IT support) staff position at a university in a city I have been trying to relocate to for family reasons but I am concerned that if I ...
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Switch to Physics from CS Career

I've been considering a career change for awhile and recently discovered the Two-Slit Experiment, which, to put it frankly, blew my mind. I then started some hefty reading and investigation into all ...
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Returning to academia after a long peroid

A person I know has been teaching undergraduate students for about ~8 years. She has a master in science and she is ~41 years old. For personal reasons, she quit her job five years ago. She would like ...
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Possible for ABD (all but dissertation) to return?

Can an ABD (all but dissertation) return to the university to redo the dissertation? If yes, how do they proceed?
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Ways to spend gap year/semester before applying to mathematics PhD

I was just reading in the answers to some other questions (here and here) that it's not necessarily disadvantageous (and it may even be advantageous) to take a year or semester off after finishing my ...
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How to best utilize a gap year to enter mathematics graduate school

I have the following two options available on how to utilize the next year. First some background: I'm an Economics and Mathematics major at a college in Pakistan. I'm, however, interested in going ...
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Is it generally accepted to take months off (unpaid) during a PhD?

Currently I am finishing my masters degree program in Life Sciences / Biotechnology by doing an industrial internship. After having obtained my degree, I would definitely like to do a PhD if I can ...
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Is pursuing a second PhD in the same or related field a viable means of returning to academia after a decade in industry?

I have a PhD from a reasonably good program in pure math, but I had no support from my department or adviser and so went into industry afterward. I'm unhappy with the situation, and I'd love to return ...
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Will working after bachelors reduce my chances of getting into a PhD program?

I am an 'overseas' student in a university, currently pursuing a bachelor's degree. Although I am really interested in signing up for graduate school, I am bonded to work for at least three years as ...
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Taking year off after PhD and focus on research? Does it look bad?

Say I have finished my PhD and I would love to just write a few papers and do some research before getting a job at a university which will also involve teaching & administrative things. Also, ...
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Returning to grad school after several years in industry, who to ask for references for NSF graduate fellowship?

I got a masters degree in computer science in 2012 and worked in Microsoft since then. I'm returning to get my PhD starting spring 2017. I would like to apply for the NSF grad fellowship but having ...
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After quitting a PhD program, would time off before applying to a new program be harmful?

If one plans to quit one's current PhD program and apply to other PhD programs in other universities, is it recommended that one tries to get to the new program as fast as possible? Waiting could make ...
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Are gap semesters frowned upon in graduate school applications? Should I explain mental health situation that led to the gap?

Disclaimer: not all of what follows is relevant to the question. I am a math student currently doing a Master’s. I plan on taking a break in the spring semester because due to many personal ...
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Advantages and disadvantages in working after PhD while waiting for postdoc

I am in the process of finishing a Chemical Engineering PhD at a british university that is solely based on numerical work and programming. My thesis is finished and I set a date for delivery. I ...
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What is the impact of gaps on CV in academic job search?

I have recently been offered an industry position in the US (we live on another continent). My wife is a an academic, with a position roughly equivalent to tenure-track asst professor in the US ...
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How conceivable is it to research independently while working in a non-research role in industry, to improve my profile for graduate admissions?

I'm toying with the idea of finishing my undergraduate degree and then entering industry for a short while. If I spent three years and earned enough, my thought is that I'd soften the burden on my ...
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Having decided to become a researcher after long career in industry, should I work independently or start a PhD?

I'v been doing software development work for almost a decade. I really love doing research work but I am always doing programming work in companies. I could join a PhD program 15 years ago after my MS....
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Would a (temporary) industry position before starting a tenure-track position have a negative effect on academic career?

I have obtained a tenure-track offer (computer science) starting in 1 year that I'm planning to accept. I'm currently a postdoc in theoretical computer science and I'm facing the situation where I ...
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Will quitting a PhD to try an industry job severely reduce my chances of being accepted to another PhD program later?

I know there are already a lot of "should I quit my PhD" questions on this site. But I have a specific dilemma and I'd like to get some external thoughts. After my Bachelor in mathematics, I didn't ...
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Applying for a PhD after taking a year off

I completed my Master's in biotechnology exactly a year ago, and after failing to find a job in science took an office job to pay the bills. Now I'm thinking of applying to a bio PhD, but I'm worried ...
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Applying to graduate school in an unrelated field after a year working in unrelated job?

I'm in a predicament. I majored in Computer Science as an undergraduate at a top university, and landed a job straight out of college at a web development firm. After a year of working at said ...
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Does deferring admissions to PhD affect future (post-PhD) career path?

I'm currently in my final year of undergraduate study, and will be applying to physics PhD programs (for condensed matter theory) soon. Without going into details, I am convinced that deferring my ...
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I am applying for a new PhD position. However I'm already enrolled at one institute for the past one year. How do I explain my drop out?

So I enrolled at a reputed Research Institute in Taiwan one year ago, just after my Master's. However, the course work and research conducted here was not as I expected it to be. I tackled it well but ...
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Will it improve my PhD applications if I take a gap year to work on research?

I was a philosophy major who took a bunch of graduate-level classes in linguistics and I wanted to apply to PhD programs in linguistics (in the United States). I had a writing sample in the philosophy ...
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Who should I ask for references when applying for PhD, after a 4 year break since graduation?

I am a life sciences graduate from 2015. After a career in the corporate world, I am preparing to apply to PhD programs in universities abroad. As part of the application process, I am required to ...
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Can I still pursue a research career after a possibly lengthy break?

I've been offered a PhD position, but I'm forced to decline it due to family reasons. However, once the situation becomes more stable, I will re-apply again. What concerns me most is whether it's ...
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Taking vacations days in the middle of a semester [closed]

Context: I am an assistant professor at a small institution in the US. Question: My significant other has the opportunity through work to travel to an exotic location over a long weekend in February, ...
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Will trying to start a PhD late and after a gap of 4 years after my Masters, deteriorate my chances of getting admitted in a PhD program?

I am 30 years old now and I graduated with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering when I was 26. I have worked in the industry after I graduated, in 2 companies for one year each and then in 1 ...
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How to secure recommendations and apply for PhD after having worked outside of academia for two years?

I have been working in a big-shot multi-national corporation as a developer for two years now, with a possible future as a software architect in some eight to ten years. Now I want to enroll in a PhD ...
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Impact of gap year during phd program on future post-doc and employment options?

I am a Doctoral candidate in a top program in my field in the U.S. I should be starting my second year of classes in September before sitting for qualifying exams, however I had an catastrophic ...
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What's the best way to get academic references for a masters program 2-3 years in the future?

I graduated with a BSc approximately one year ago and have been considering my career options since. I have finally decided that I would like to enroll in a masters program, however I likely won't be ...
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Coming up with a PhD Research Topic after 10 years away from academics

I am looking at going back to University after almost 10 years in the Corporate World (I am exploring a PhD in Business and Quantitative Methods in Spain...line of Research is in "Innovation, ...
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Can I apply to CS graduate programs and take a year off before actually enrolling?

I am a 4th year Math and CS undergrad with definite plans to enter graduate school. However, I know that I want to take a year off between graduation and grad school, but I don't know if I can apply ...