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    The obvious answer is yes, but let me put it into context:

    I'm currently on my placement year, and it's official end date is two weeks before freshers week. But I find the placement tiring as I wake up at 6:30 am everyday and I travel for 2 hours a day which gets really tiring, etc. So I plan to save up my 3 weeks holiday and finish 5 weeks before freshers week, because I wanted to be well rested for my final year as I'm aiming for a first.

    However, I want to apply for PhDs next year and now that I think about it, I have done no subject related extra-curricular activities during my time at university which I feel would really hinder my application. I know I have a placement under my belt, but it's not related whatsoever to the industry I want to go into so it's probably not as helpful as I'd like it to be.

    I spoke to one of my lecturers and he said he'd be happy for me to work in his lab, doing something related to the career I want to go into. However, due to time constraints as mentioned above, it means I only have a couple of days to rest and I'm back to being 9-5 in the lab again until pretty much the start of term so I don't get a summer or even get a proper break. I'm worried that this will severely affect my final grade as a result.

    Thoughts?
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    I spoke to one of my lecturers and he said he'd be happy for me to work in his lab, doing something related to the career I want to go into.

    This kind of work experience is so valuable I wouldn't turn it down if you are keen to get on to a PhD programme.

    It will be tough because you'll be doing a lot of work, but if you're prepared for that it shouldn't have to stress you out too much :dumbells: Also if you're enjoying the lab work because it's helping you get to where you want to go it hopefully shouldn't be too emotionally draining.
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    I spoke to one of my lecturers and he said he'd be happy for me to work in his lab, doing something related to the career I want to go into.

    This kind of work experience is so valuable I wouldn't turn it down if you are keen to get on to a PhD programme.

    It will be tough because you'll be doing a lot of work, but if you're prepared for that it shouldn't have to stress you out too much :dumbells: Also if you're enjoying the lab work because it's helping you get to where you want to go it hopefully shouldn't be too emotionally draining.
    That's what I thought too - it should be something I genuinely enjoy so time will probably fly - and I will get another potential reference which is never a bad thing.
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    Any research experience you can get will be beneficial especially if you want to do a PhD. It'll also prepare you well for a research job in which you work full time and don't get a summer break! At most unis teaching won't be in full swing in fresher's week so you should have some time to rest then.
 
 
 

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