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How to have a bad career as a graduate student

Written by Le Tien Dung on .

Bài viết dưới đây được tổng hợp từ một vài bài viết của các GS người Mỹ hướng dẫn cho sinh viên là thế nào để thành công khi làm nghiên cứu sinh. Phần I chúng tôi xin giới thiệu về vấn đề "Làm thế nào để có một sự nghiệp tồi với một sinh viên sau đại học".
 
  • Concentrate on getting good grades
  1. Postpone research involvement: might lower GPA
  • Minimize number and flavors of courses (CS students)
  1. Why take advantage of one of the top departments with a wide range of excellent grad courses
  2. Why take advantage of one of the best universities in the world?
  3. May affect GPA
  • Don’t trust your advisor
  1. Advisor is only interested in his or her own career, not yours
  2. Advisor may try to mentor you, use up time, interfering with GPA
  • Only work the number of hours per week you are paid!
  1. Even less if possible…
  2. Don’t let master class exploit the workers!
  • Concentrate on graduating as fast as possible
  1. Winner is first in class to Ph.D.
  2. People only care about that you have a Ph.D. and your GPA, not on what you know
  3. Nirvana: graduating in 3.5 years with a 4.0 GPA!
  • Don’t spend a summer in industry: takes longer
  1. How could industry experience help with selecting Ph.D. topic?
  • Don’t work on large projects: takes longer
  1. Have to talk to others, have to learn different areas
  2. Synchronization overhead of multiple people
  • Don’t do a systems Ph.D.: takes longer
  • Don’t go to conferences
  1. It costs money and takes time; you’ll have plenty of time to learn the field after graduating
  • Don’t waste time polishing writing or talks
  1. Again, that takes time
  • Worry too much about the Quals (qualifying exam)
  1. Their only purpose is to make you look stupid & fail
  2. They also take time, lower GPA, delay graduation, …
  3. Make it the goal of your life for the first couple of years
  4. Don’t take them your first year, more likely you will fail…
  • Never read on your own
  1. Takes time, …
  2. What’s the advisor for if you have to pick your own readings?
  3. May lead to extra work, interaction with others, …
  • Work in the specific area you applied for
  1. E.g. if you applied for networking, stay in networking no matter what
  2. Your application is a binding contract
  3. Leverage your previous experience, graduate faster!
  • Don’t worry at all about research funding
  1. It's your advisor's job to keep you “in the money”
  2. Why waste any time with proposals, fellowship applications, etc?
  3. Fellowships just make it more difficult to write a 2-page CV…
  • Worry a lot about research funding
  1. If you don’t have a fellowship, you are a 2nd class citizen
  2. If you are asked to TA, you are a 3rd class citizen