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Miss Brightside

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  1. Depends. If you're applying to the US, you'll need a 3.5 plus. If you're applying to Europe, it depends. I have come to understand that some institutions in Europe value volunteering, work experience, or internships, although I do not want to generalize. It depends.
  2. I started my PhD two and a half years ago and am expected to defend this Fall, I only have 3 publications so far (conference proceedings, one of them very prestigious). I was due to present part of my work to four conferences but they were cancelled due to COVID-19, if there isn't a second wave they will probably be held sometime in the Fall.
  3. Congratulations on your offers! I would personally choose the second one because, knowing French masters, it will probably include an internship as part of your studies. And since you're interested in working for an international organisation, this will be great hands-on experience.
  4. I'm currently writing my dissertation. Its structure is 3 parts, each consisting of 3 chapters. I started with chapter number 1, then moved on to chapter number 2, and then wrote another version of chapter 1 because I felt it didn't click. I'm now continuing writing one chapter after another. The Intro will be the last thing I'll write.
  5. No, you do not need a PhD in order to publish a scientific book. In some fields, you don't even need a PhD in order to teach; one of my best friends studied at the LSE and many of their professors didn't have a PhD (they did have industry knowledge and expertise).
  6. Story of my life. I did my MA in France and presenting in French scared me to death. I tried to overcome it by rehearsing my presentations in front of a mirror. And when I started speaking in front of the class, I tried to look confident and calm, like I had everything under control even though my accent wasn't very good. It worked for me. So, my advice: don't worry about mispronouncing a word or two, it's normal, it happens even to native speakers. If you don't understand a question, it's better to ask for clarification than try to provide an answer. It's okay. It's amazing enough that you're
  7. I can understand your supervisor's take on the matter, but the way the academic job market is changing does not give much of a choice, really. In my opinion you should aim for two or three publications in quality journals. This will take some time, as others have already pointed but send out abstracts; many quality journals have an open-call-for-papers policy all year long.
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