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PhD student Carl's story

Carl has two supervisors, one at his workplace and one at the university. Carl is in his 30’s and started his research parallel with his first professional experience, three years ago. The meetings with both his supervisors are on planned and scheduled times, about once every month, or every two months, depending on when they can find time that suits them all. Carl and the two supervisors definite meetings well in advance and in between the periods he submit new texts to both his supervisors.

Mostly, he has an answer quite quickly from both of them and so he feels that he can work on. But sometimes there can be delays and different messages, comments can occur on what he wrote which sometimes make him feel that he lose momentum. So, the meetings are satisfactory, but sometimes Carl feels a bit isolated because he is far from the everyday scientific environment with other PhD students. On the other hand, he thinks that it is useful to have a practical relation to his field of research.

Carl appreciates both his supervisors. One works within the same occupational field as he and the other is a professor in the university. He means that it is an advantage to have mentors from two different places, because of their different perspectives on his work. One supervisor has a more direct insight into the field of surgery while the other supervisor has his emphasis on the academic writing and perspective.

Another problem that Carl has come upon at times is that the tutors have their prestige, and that is from opposite directions, and it does not always allow him to develop and to have the initiative for his own research and to think about how to formulate the next step on his own in his research. Instead Carl can sometimes feel both run over and squashed between two wills, and than he wishes he had the initiative more often and was a little more listened to.

Contact person for Advice for doctoral supervisors

Margareta Jernås
Phone: +46 (0)31-342 94 33
Send e-mail to Margareta

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