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Is it petty to expect people to use your title in a professional setting?

There are three basic modes of referring to people: Formal: Mr. X, Dr. Y, Reverend Z, etc. Full name: Andrew X, Bridget Emily Y, Cindy Z, etc. Informal: Andy, Bridget, Cindy, etc. It's petty to care ...
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Is it petty to expect people to use your title in a professional setting?

Outside of a university or a research institution, the only people routinely called doctor are medical doctors. And their doctorates are MDs and DOs, professional degrees considered lower than a PhD ...
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The meaning of "paper" in the context of undergraduate students

In this New Zealand context, a paper is a course and the terms are used interchangeably, usually with one or other being the formal label at any given institution and the other in common use as well. ...
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Is it petty to expect people to use your title in a professional setting?

It is not petty, but it may set you apart if it is not common in your company. And what is the best way to raise this? The first step is to change your email signature and your name in the IT system ...
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Should I look for a job in a foreign country before I get there to pursue my Ph.D.?

Two important points to consider: First, a PhD is a full-time job. Most PhD positions come with a side-job that provides funding and, importantly, some sort of tuition forgiveness. Sometimes that side-...
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Is it petty to expect people to use your title in a professional setting?

I feel it is important to point out that the context here is neither academia, nor business, but government, and the creation of government reports that may shape policy. The creation of policy is a ...
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Is it petty to expect people to use your title in a professional setting?

When I worked in industry, colleagues with PhDs had "Dr" on their business cards an in email signatures. They were occasionally addressed as such by external contacts (even I was by mistake)...
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Do bachelor's and master's degrees have to be the same in order to apply for a doctorate?

No, you do not need to have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the same field in order to apply for a doctorate. Each university will have its own rules and admission criteria, but I have not ever ...
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How to reduce workload and recover while dealing with aftereffects of a serious concussion?

Look for help within your department/institute. You state that you are struggling with fatigue and sensory meltdown. That means that you are probably also not in the best place to make these kind of ...
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Should I look for a job in a foreign country before I get there to pursue my Ph.D.?

First thing you should do is discuss with your supervisor, because you can't really do anything without his or her approval anyway. Getting a job will not be easy - it's not that you don't have ...
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What is the equivalent of an Australian or New Zealand honours thesis in British universities?

in England, honours is granted after three years without a mandatory thesis or essay component. Scotland is more similar to Australia but not identical. Even in Australia, the requirement for an ...
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Can I apply for a Ph.D. position with TOEFL iBT score 86 with writing score 23 while the university want total score 90 with writing 21?

You can definitely apply. They may just reject your application because you formally don't satisfy the criteria but in this case I would consider that unlikely. Both the particular department you ...
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Is it a problem if I start doing research too early?

I don't know that Australian or New Zealand systems so this is a bit speculative. I'll assume, however that those systems are well designed and that accepted students are able to be successful and ...
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What is the exact rule for 12 months work permit find period after PhD study

New Zealand government offices are remarkably helpful and responsive. Almost strangely so. It's lovely and unexpected if you're used to services in other countries. Just contact Immigration NZ ...
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Practicality of attaining a law degree despite difficulty remembering facts?

How well do you remember films? I had a similar problem, though not as bad as you describe. I found it helpful to think of each seminal case as an old black-and-white movie with a dramatic scene as ...
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The meaning of "paper" in the context of undergraduate students

In the parlance used for undergraduate education at Cambridge, the word paper denotes a concept related to exams. Essentially, you complete a paper by sitting an exam. The exam might offer questions ...
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Do bachelor's and master's degrees have to be the same in order to apply for a doctorate?

I can't speak for other countries. In the US, you can directly apply to a Ph.D. program without having a master's degree. I believe your really good experience can compensate a lot.
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How much study gap is acceptable in New Zealand?

It sounds like you have still being doing research and publishing since your masters. If you have still been keeping your skills fresh, that means you haven't really had a gap, regardless of whether ...
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What steps should I take if I haven't received responses from potential supervisors?

If you haven't heard in a couple of weeks you can follow up with a request for information. Ask whether there is any more information they would like or need. As for getting help, let me suggest that ...
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Can I apply for a Ph.D. position with TOEFL iBT score 86 with writing score 23 while the university want total score 90 with writing 21?

Just to provide a different perspective, in my department in the US, I know of a professor who couldn’t get the grad school to budge and admit someone who didn’t pass the English requirements. ...
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Can I apply for a Ph.D. position with TOEFL iBT score 86 with writing score 23 while the university want total score 90 with writing 21?

You most definitely should apply. As @quarague rightly said in their answer, though, If your application goes to the central administration first, there is a chance it won't even be forwarded to the ...
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Can I apply for a Ph.D. position with TOEFL iBT score 86 with writing score 23 while the university want total score 90 with writing 21?

Yes, you can certainly apply for the Ph.D. position even if you haven't met the specific TOEFL score requirement. There is still a possibility of admission, especially if a professor is interested in ...
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How much study gap is acceptable in New Zealand?

A general answer, whether encouraging or discouraging won't really help you. What you need to do is apply to a few places, making your best case in the application materials. Don't neglect any aspect ...
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What is the equivalent of an Australian or New Zealand honours thesis in British universities?

How can I explain succinctly to a British audience the scope and magnitude of honours supervision? I suggest emphasizing the similarity to Masters. Something like: In Australia Honours is a ...
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