Types of Characters in Academia
During work in academia you will interact with lots of academics with different personalities, guidance is always important to get to your objective of getting work done. You have back in your mind lots facts ideas and information, the role of supervisor comes in connecting all the ideas and fact up just like electrical wiring
A PhD students case when assigned a project that has no end or visible contribution, once you get your idea published thats the first step of your work been acknowledged by other researchers
A talented boss sees you talent and future.
Types of Students
During working in academia you will interact with lots of students with different personalities.
A student that can be guided directly
This type of student will ask you some questions but he has the required foundation to work on his own every now and then. He has respect towards the supervisor and caries about him and know how to speak with him.
A genuine teacher has the following qualities
A smart teacher dose not cut the students wings when he sees him ready to fly out of the nest, instead he pushes him to fly and allows him to fly as a many times to mature to a strong bird to spread the noble knowledge for the progress of humanity.
A student that cannot be guided directly
This kind of student needs to be referred to a postdoc or another academic in the department, but the student can be seen by the supervisor every now and then.
A student that cannot be guided
This type of student you would try to help him several times but he cannot realize that even if you tell him. He has no minimum amount of respect towards the supervisor.
Types of Academics
During working in academia you will interact with lots of academics with different personalities.
Easy to Work With
His office door is always open, you can always ask him at any time, he is respectful, tries to help you out when you face problems and even supports you financially and offers you a postdoc after your viva. He will write you good references and will be generous in providing you with all what you require for your research from books, to study room, to computer, experimental data, research links...... etc.
Not Easy to Work With
He is usually overworked, you will need to arrange a meeting with him before you see him. Even when you see him you can only meet him for several minutes. He will spend a large portion of the meeting talking about none relevant issues.
Impossible to Work With
He is not polite, he wants work for his own benefit only, he is always busy and never has time for his students. His meeting are always chats that are none relevant to the project and are just a waste of time for the student. He says he care about you at certain instances but from his action you can see he dose not want you to progress and he just wants you to pay the university fees. He will never mention anything that is useful to the progress of the student to the least extent. These types of academics are dangerous and the student needs to change university or supervisor immediately because no way can the student get PhD except if his character and ethical back ground is the same as his boss.
At some stage they will be very nice with you to get what they want, once it is obtained he wont give you time for any meetings
The worst ones are the ones who tell you wrong advice, the ones that betray you when you have the highest confidence in them.
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After covering the three types of academics you will start to understand and can foresee the outcome of your project/PhD. You will start seeing academics that pretend to know every thing and talk none-sense to impress people and due to that they work on something not all the general public know about it will be difficult for people to uncover their mask.
These academics will try to project an image of them selves between fellow academics in the department that they are doing outstanding work and try to enforce respect on others based on his academic statues. While close people who work with him find out that this character has nothing to give and he manipulates different researchers to put together research that will be part of a project that others have no knowledge about.
You will see that these characters do work which is super natural for an individual to do on his own. They get help from other people in academia based on exchange of favors. You will find them publishing at very high ranking journals and are very well connected.
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