The 3 years it takes to complete a PhD are 3 years of hard but exciting work. Some get through the process painlessly, but some experience hurdles. Luckily, you can get assistance from IDA to overcome some of the obstacles you could face during your PhD research.
IDA can help you if you need advice on your employment as a PhD.
There are certain rules associated with being employed on a PhD scholarship, including terms concerning salary and pension, parental leave, sick-leave, working hours, etc.
Remember to take your holidays so you don’t have to take them at the end of your course. Get more information about this and good advice on tackling stress at IDA.
IDA can help you before or if your relationship with your employer deteriorates.
It is not possible to quit a PhD scholarship and move to another employer, and therefore it is cardinal to build a good working relationship with your supervisor and be a confident communicator in case of conflict. You are always welcome to contact our advisors – the sooner the better, preferably before any crisis fully escalates.
IDA can help you if you feel lonely or just miss interacting with other people in the same situation as you during your PhD project.
Your professional network should grow during your PhD, but many spend the majority of their time in the laboratory. Perhaps you just arrived from another university or country and therefore feel that it is difficult to meet other people.
Therefore, IDA has launched a PhD network – offering exciting professional and social events.