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I am an academic, and I'm about to take on my first PhD student. I'm bricking it a little bit, so I wanted to reach out to you lads.
Those of you with advanced degrees, I'd love to hear how your student-supervisor relationship was during your studies.
My own PhD supervisor was a bit blunt, but I was lucky that he is/was a very principled bloke. There were a few opportunities for him to drop me, and I fucking *know* that he wanted to for at least some of our time together, but he stuck with me, and I'm a reasonably successful scientist now because of it. We had very little personal connection due to differences in personalities (me being a bit of a lad, him being so posh that his speaking voice was almost unintelligible), but there were a few occasions where we socialised outside of work over a pint and got on just fine. Overall, I lucked out on the PhD supervisor front as he is a great scientist who exercised a fuckload of patience with me.
I have quite a lot of experience mentoring students indirectly as a postdoc, but this is my first time ever having someone whose career - and therefore life - is intrinsically linked to my guidance. I don't want to fuck it up.
Any thoughts? Tips? Stories from postgrad?
This can also be a general /job/ thread for managing people. I did /uni/ it because the academic student-supervisor relationship is a little different to the workforce, since academia isn't exactly the real world, especially in more niche fields.