PhD strategies during COVID-19 | Jessica Dobson

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    “You’ve got to be open to talking to people.”

    Jessica Dobson is a final year PhD student at the University of York. Here, she shares her strategies for resilience and managing her research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Jessica tackles issues like lack of access to laboratories due to social distancing requirements, and how this has forced her to slow down and spend a lot more time considering the results of each experiment – “a blessing in disguise”.

    She also shares how easy it is to feel disheartened in your work when it’s not going well, especially when the only interaction you have with other researchers, is when they’re presenting the best of their work – something that mirrors the problems typically faced online through social media. We need to keep talking in order see other people’s failures as well as their successes, and to help researchers focus their energy on things that are productive and helpful.

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