My resolution for 2019 was to submit my thesis in December. This didn’t materialise, but I’ve reached a stage where almost all the draft chapters are done. For the next few months, I’ll be editing the first draft of my thesis, which is already a great achievement for me.
Nine things I achieved this year
- established my analytical framework for consultation analysis
- tested my framework and wrote a couple of versions of the results
- applied thematic analysis for writing the interview data
- finished writing chapters of the findings and implications
- presented my poster at an international conference in Hong Kong
- taught Japanese courses at a university in London
- moved to a new apartment
- made trips to Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Sicily and Hamburg
- made new friends
One rule for finishing your PhD
Having completed three years of research, I am now stepping into the fourth year of my PhD, which will involve the challenges of editing, submission, PhD viva, and job searching. I am aware that this requires considerable energy, motivation and mental toughness.
The only thing I have been telling myself for the past three years is:
A tiny, tiny step at a time in the right direction.
Be conscious and mindful of taking a small step at a time, and ask your supervisor whether you are on the right track.
This is the advice I can give to anyone for finishing a PhD or any other large project.
Planning a career after my PhD
At this stage, I am also focusing on my career. Postdoctoral research is an option, but I am envisaging a teaching career rather than a research one because I really love interactive teaching and would like to develop my skills. This is what I have discovered from analysing my own personal skills for years and what excites me the most.
I am now spending the last three days of 2019 writing my conference proposal, hoping that I will present the findings of my work at a conference next year.
My achievements in Weeks 155 and 156
- had a great family time in Japan
- spent Christmas with my partner’s family in Hamburg (which was my first time in Germany and the very first time to see them – I really enjoyed myself and got emotional saying goodbye after spending four days together)
Goals for Week 157
- submit a conference proposal
- edit Chapter 6