Your browser will redirect to your requested content shortly. ORGANIZING CREATIVITY How to generate, capture, and collect ideas to realize creative projects. Having just finished my dissertation thesis it is time to look back on the challenges a dissertation provides.
I think that there are three main crises: a beginning-dissertation crisis, and mid-dissertation crisis, and an end-dissertation crisis. You think you should be able to work effectively as a PhD student because you did study the topic but it’s harder than expected. What breaks you: Not taking the time to learn the basics of practical research.
You will have to learn a lot, probably more than you did while studying, and you need time and energy for it. Accepting that doing a PhD thesis is a learning process and that it is natural to make mistakes and not know everything about it, is an important realization. Not knowing which research question to examine.
What does dissertation mean
Description: Everyone else is following a specific topic and working hard on it, but you still don’t know which research question will be in the focus of your PhD thesis. What breaks you: Switching from topic to topic, asking around for interesting research questions, never getting to know a topic deeply enough to develop your own research questions. Dropping a topic as soon as the first problems occur, in the hope of finding the golden topic where everything runs smoothly because you see this as a sign of a good topic where you are competent.