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Caveat I am from the US, so some advice may not transfer perfectly to India. I think it's a good idea to meet, but it's important to think about what you want to say, and manage your expectations about what the outcomes will be. Things not to say (because they aren't things the professor can or should change) I need a good grade in this course. Your accent ...


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It sounds like your complaints are A physics professor has poor English skills. A graduate level course covers a lot of material and requires a lot of background study. These are normal things. While they are uncomfortable, you should not complain about them. You can ask for help. Try to be specific about what you need help with.


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You write: I want to comment that, I do not feel the work I do, while they are fun to me, are of interest or that helpful to many fellow mathematicians. I do not have a sense of fulfillment. When considering what you can contribute to mathematics and what others may value, try reading Terence Tao's article What is good mathematics?. I can't do his article ...


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Not sure if it helps, but where I live (Europe) just being able to do, and not being afraid of, high school math is already a selling point for software developers. So it's not like you have nothing special to offer, even if your field of specialization may have little overlap with the field a company works in.


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Consider applying for academic positions in your home country. Generally, there's a rule of thumb that academics tend to work at institutions less prestigious than the institutions that they went to school at. As a result, you may want to consider applying for academic jobs in your home country, since you say that you're from a developing country. While ...


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I'm a current software engineer in the bay area, and have a similar background (without the phd) as you. I've wanted to do physics since I was 8, but after graduating with my bachelors I felt there isn't much future and definitely no money in academia. My friend's internship pay as an undergrad software engineer for 12 weeks is higher than my expected annual ...


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Just focus on getting your PhD submitted and successfully defended. It's clearly high time you had a talk with your supervisor. He's allowed a 4 year program to advance to 7 years and that alone reflects very badly on him/her. If this supervisor doesn't display enough urgency about your situation, go straight to the Head of Department: this thing can't be ...


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A lot of years ago I worked with man-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop simulators as a real-time computer vendor helping customers make use of the platform and tools. Two hard problems which were unsolved at the time - flight near the ground (take off and landing, generally altitude below the wing-span of the aircraft) and pot-holes (specifically ...


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Maybe you could consider to look for a job that combines both math and social interaction, something like school teacher? you could stay some time there and go back to academia in the future, or switch to the industry later.


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Let me just comment on what you say towards the end, wich I believe is the root of your predicament. I hate being poor and lonely. I am approaching 30 without any relationship (even friendships). Throughout my life, I kept thinking about publishing and publishing, people will treat me better. ... [I kept] thinking this is what defines me. I am sad. People ...


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In my experience, PhD students are usually free to come and go as they please, but it probably does depend on the subject and supervisor. If you are doing some kind of "wet" science or "metal-bashing" engineering then you might need to be physically present in a laboratory to perform experiments or manufacture experiments, but for many ...


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Reader’s block is a real thing. There’s not a “cure” per se, but there are a few tactics you might employ in the dry moments. Take a break Whether this is a small break (an hour during the day) or one on a larger scale (a week perhaps), taking a break and thinking about other things (or simply relaxing) can get you back in the mood to study. Write about what ...


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If a professor asks you an unwelcome question about your research or career plans: Thanks very much for your enthusiasm for mentoring. It's great to know I can come to you for advice when I need it. Right now, I need to get back to my research. Bye! Giving career and research advice is a good thing for professors to do. related to my career ... he ...


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You feel it is unacceptable, then so it is. But you have also the unbearable burden of him being in power position, at least until next semester. You mention you have classes with him: that is already an issue to be discussed formally, even if he is not a creep, he is at least a mansplainer and you can mention to your advisor it is impossible for you to work ...


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Speaking from personal experience... This could prove to be quite a journey. Good part is that without close supervision you can do things you are actually interested in instead of slaving away doing some possibly dead end research for a few years. Bad part, obviously, is that you are on your own. Now, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing is field-...


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Maybe the question is "How to deal with a creep that may have some power over my career?". It is a truly fraught situation that, sadly, occurs too often in academia. It it may be one of the ways that women are chased out of some fields. If this were a person you met at the 'five and dime' you would probably just tell them to get lost. But this is ...


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I want to quit my current university, and apply to a better place. Don't make a hasty decision after one week. First I'd suggest you figure out what your options are Are there any other professors at your current university that are doing work that interest you? Preferably same department, but you could even look at other departments. Changing advisors ...


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Same here, a first-year Ph.D. student in computer vision. I totally understand the anxiety when lacking GPUs, but I would recommend you to talk to your supervisor first and let him know all of your concerns. If it still doesn't work out, you may like to tell him that you would apply for a new position and see if you can stay in the same lab until you make it,...


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Academia certainly has some "research only" positions that do not have any teaching component; however, academic research positions of this kind will almost always entail applying for grants (unless you already have a large and long-lasting grant that makes this moot). In fact, the more focused a position is on research, the more pressure there ...


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Sorry, but you seem too unfocused to have any real answer make sense to you. The main benefit of a life of research is the internal satisfaction you get from discovering the unknown. But the techniques that you need to use to get there differ so radically that a general answer is probably impossible. What a mathematician does to discover truth and what, say, ...


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From my subjective experience the Netherlands does very well in genuinely trying to find the best applicant for the position advertised. There are less situations of say a generic postdoc advertisement but internally it is already decided that the position will go to professor X's lab regardless of quality of applications or even positions that are publicly ...


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I'm an assistant professor in the Netherlands with previous experiences in other European countries. I fully agree with everything that @Louic writes in his answer. I can especially emphasize the point that the culture between different universities and even departments in the same university can vary a lot. Additional points: Hierarchies in departments can ...


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I think this question cannot be answered with a clear answer, but I will try to help because I think my experience may be useful: I am from The Netherlands and got my MSc there. My PhD and Postdoc experience was in France (2 universities) and the UK (2 universities). Cultures vary per university, not only per country Political games are everywhere Pressure ...


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