So it’s been a bit quiet from @ECRhealth …….you might be wondering why….?
Well…2015 saw us both take a leap of faith and start something new… we both became students …again! And I know what you’re all thinking… you’re all looking at this blog in disbelief yelling at the screen…. don’t you already have a PhD?! And then… what else is there to do, PhDs aren’t they as high as you can go? #wtf
Firstly if you are currently an ECR don’t freak out – a PhD is enough, in fact it’s plenty-good! Unless your #multipotentialite self desires more
Some of us continue life long learning, crafting a niche, following your inclinations… and signing up for Master’s degrees.
Whilst this sounds positively blissful, trying something new can be, and is, daunting.
So here are some reflections on our experience and some tips for anyone considering some more study.
- when you’ve been a teacher/tutor/lecturer going back to study can help you re-visit & develop humility towards your students
- when you change things up there is a whole lot to learn about maintaining work/life/study balance (cos it is no longer possible to pull all-nighters or infuse coffee through an IV to keep you going while you finish that assignment #lastminute.com). Find what fills your cup!
- think about self-expectations and perfectionistic tendencies – Lynsey’s best piece of advice from her 2015 mentor was to consider everything you’ve got on your plate and acknowledge that Ps get degrees (meanwhile Lynsey’s averaging a HD but losing the work/life balancing act whilst Jodie failed a task and had to resubmit and the world didn’t come to an end)!
- enjoy the feeling of your worlds colliding as you combine knowledge and experiences from past and present work and study (who knew there would be so much psychology in a public health degree?)
- just jump through the hoops #JJTTH
- realise that it is easier when you go back to study to focus on content, as the ability to write, format and reference comes more naturally (particularly since that’s what we’ve been doing for the past 5 years!)
And remember ……….it’s an amazing race….. enjoy the process!
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