Successfully completing the modules required by University of Liverpool DBA programme was elating. I was looking forward to completing my thesis as a Doctoral Candidate with great enthusiasm but I do believe with a large dose of naivety. The weekly Saturday submissions, the action learning groups, the literature reviews and CAL submissions required by the modules not only guided my learning but also provided structure. I knew exactly what was expected of me from the university , my learning set and module tutor, furthermore procrastination was not an option.
The thesis phase has a lot less structure, it is very much under your own control and I did feel "lost" without the support of a tutor and my learning set peers, with little understanding of how to move forward. Although the previous two years of modules provided me with a skill to conduct research, apply research to practice and to write up a critical review of the literature (at a level acceptable to that of a doctoral student), I was somewhat unsure of the way forward, made even worse by a poor experience with my first supervisor.
My new supervisor has been invaluable to getting me "back on track". However, the DoctorateHub has also supported this process, and has been key to improving my understanding of what is required of a Thesis submission, including: development of my thesis problem and proposal, chapter development, the detail required in each chapter, structure of the thesis and the preparation for the Viva. The most important contribution from DoctorateHub is the access to the expertise of qualified, experienced PhD and doctorate professionals. A huge part of the DoctorateHub experience is the interactive webinars, held on a regular basis. The opportunity to interact with your peers whilst also learning from the professionals is priceless and provides me with support, guidance, structure and most important motivation. I learn from each Webinar, even if the specific Webinar may not be in-line with my Thesis progress.
My fellow cohort members and other peers on the DBA programme I am in contact with, will know that I attend most webinars, and encourage them too, because I obtain such great value from the sessions. The blogs, and other info offered by DoctorateHub also provides me with much needed guidance, as well as the opportunity to hear from other students about their experiences and their advice. I highly recommend joining the DoctorateHub and using the tools provided.