An incomplete list of what matters about you, your PhD, your thesis and your viva:
- That you did the work;
- That you put the time and effort in;
- That you feel reasonably confident for the viva;
- That you prepare for the viva;
- That you have examiners who have done their prep;
- That you have done something meaningful;
- That you have talent and are a capable researcher in your field.
An incomplete list of what DOESN’T matter about you, your PhD, your thesis and your viva:
- That you do or don’t have a certain number of publications in print or forthcoming;
- That you have decided to stay or not in academia after your PhD;
- That you feel nervous;
- That you have typos in your thesis;
- That you will get corrections in your viva;
- That you haven’t read everything in your field;
- That you don’t know everything.
In my experience, sadly, candidates pay a lot of attention to the second list but mistakenly think that the items either matter a lot or are problems that have to be solved.
Which list will you focus on?