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>> No. 6478 Anonymous
11th May 2022
Wednesday 3:31 am
6478 Transitioning from student to teacher
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.
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>> No. 6479 Anonymous
11th May 2022
Wednesday 9:22 am
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It sounds as though your own supervisor did you right despite your differences and you're able to appreciate the good he did and are mentally preparing yourself to do the same for someone else. While someone else may be able to offer you advice, my impression here is that you're already capable and this post is mostly just normal jitters from starting a new role; you're already well capable of it.
>> No. 6480 Anonymous
11th May 2022
Wednesday 10:20 pm
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>>6479
Thanks, lad, your optimism is appreciated.

My PhD supervisor wasn't all bad, we just never clicked on a personal level, and I'm old enough now to realise that most of my issues as a student were my own self-doubt cemented by the low self-esteem working class tendency to find a million reasons why any failures - real or potential - were not my fault. One of the most powerful things he did on that front was outright call me out for being quick to blame my poor secondary education every time I encountered something new or outside of my comfort zone.

I'm hoping that by the time the lad starts, I've got a more concrete idea of how I'd like him to spend his time. The challenge is going to be allowing him to learn, rather than just jumping in and doing stuff for him myself.

It's going to be fun, and he's a mature-ish student so he's a lot more likely to be taking things seriously.
>> No. 6481 Anonymous
11th May 2022
Wednesday 10:37 pm
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>>6480

It's not optimism for the sake of optimism; the way you've talked about it sounds to me like you've got a good grasp of the context and what will be important.

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