Here are a few links to helpful resources, identified and described by Eamon Colvin (thanks, Eamon!)
General advice and things to consider
- Stephen Stearns (Yale professor): http://stearnslab.yale.edu/some-modest-advice-graduate-students
- About living one’s life in academia, and the challenges that come with it (quite long but very insightful): http://stearnslab.yale.edu/designs-learning
How to conference
1) How to conference as an introvert: https://scientistseessquirrel.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/an-introvert-goes-conferencing/
2) A few Buzzfeed-esque lists from graduate students on how they’ve conferenced and found useful. A lot of this is obvious, but there are a few specific tips that you may find useful:
Developing marketable skills during your PhD
Summary: the skills you develop during your PhD are transferable to a variety of contexts beyond academia.
A variety of online modules offered through McMaster’s Graduate Studies website: https://gs.mcmaster.ca/skills-opportunities/skills-training
Professional skills development portal that teach practical skills: https://www.mygradskills.ca/
Work habits that will keep you sane and successful
- This book is among the most influential I can think of for work habits: http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work/, his blog his here: http://calnewport.com/blog/
- The gist is that being able to sit down and focus on something for an extended period of time is a dying skill, and is a skill that, if you make an effort to cultivate, will make your life much more productive.
- One article that Newport suggests about one of his intellectual heroes: https://medium.com/the-mission/10-000-hours-with-claude-shannon-12-lessons-on-life-and-learning-from-a-genius-e8b9297bee8f
- John Grisham follows the philosophy of Deep Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2XKhWRnR9A
- A quick video on how building a John Grisham-esque writing ethic might look like:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LdhudFvJuE
- There are a lot of expensive storages backups that you can buy, but with your McMaster Email account you have unlimited storage on Google Drive. Definitely worth using. There is also an automatic sync option that saves everything automatically.
- One strategy to make sure you never lose your files: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/3-2-1-backup-it%E2%80%99s-too-late