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Thrive PhD Testimonials: Do more than just survive

Thrive PhD is helping me develop skills that will be valuable throughout my career. I know this because I’ve recently come to my doctoral programme (and Thrive) with a career already under my belt, having run my own professional services firm for a number of years. This means I already had a reasonably well-developed set of tools for getting things done, and for handling the usual ups and downs that come with managing a project at a high level. But I knew that completing a PhD would be challenging on more than just a logistical level, and I wanted to do more than just survive the experience. I wanted to use it as a jumping-off point for a whole new career. I’m in the very early stages of my doctoral programme, but when I came across Katy’s blog posts online and they resonated with me, I thought I’d give Thrive a go. I’m so glad I did.

Thrive PhD offers me far more than I could have ever expected. The community is a hub of useful, smart, and insightful conversation and activity, ably headed up by an experienced, wise and perceptive coach. Through its fantastic curriculum, regular coaching calls, and non-judgemental check-ins, I’m learning how to develop and consistently maintain a set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that allow me to manage the realities of academia in a more healthy, helpful way than if I were doing this on my own. The programme runs through a self-contained platform that is not connected to other online networks, so there’s an unusually strong level of honesty, sincerity and safety that’s as refreshing as it is valuable. Best of all, egos are left at the door and everyone just gets on with the business of working through their own stuff, while making progress on their PhDs in whatever way that needs to happen, every hour, day, week and month. There’s something pretty powerful about getting to see how a wide range of smart people deal with a surprisingly similar set of successes and struggles on a day-to-day basis.

Through Thrive, I’m not just navigating a path through my PhD. I’m also learning how to become the kind of academic I’ve always aspired to be, on my own terms and without losing myself in the process. In this way, Thrive is helping me push through boundaries in multiple spheres of life. It’s helping me create my ultimate doctoral experience!