Question from a PhD student:
I want to transition to industry as a research scientist.
I have one protocol paper accepted, one second-author paper, and one first-author paper that is not yet submitted.
I am worried as my advisor wants to add more data to the first-author paper before submitting, and it keeps getting delayed.
Now he wants me to stay as a postdoc to finish it.
My advisor knows I want to transition to industry.
Should I stay longer and make sure the first-author paper gets published?
|This is at my graduation, but I think I could pass as an agony aunt here|
Because you are good!
It is a tricky business to be good at your job.
You see, YOU are the only one in a position to lose from staying longer.
And, ONLY that.
Write your thesis, finish up whatever is going into your thesis.
The document that will get you out with your degree is your thesis, not the paper.
Sometimes getting a paper accepted by a journal is a requirement to graduate but that is clearly not the case here as he wants you to stay as a postdoc to finish the paper.
In my experience, waiting for a paper to happen is a mistake.
You do need to explain whatever relevant things you have done so far whether finally published OR NOT and make them sound like the best thing to happen after sliced bread.
If it comes up, don't lie either.
You can say you have a draft and it is pending submission.
So focus on that.
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