Nadya Kunawica

Lead Market Analyst at LG Energy Group

Nadya Kunawicz

Independent learning was a big part of my course, and this has proved invaluable in the workplace, as I manage my own time and balance my workload.

PhD in Astrophysics

From: September 2007 to September 2010

Studying for a general degree like Physics, rather a specific degree like Accountancy, left my options open to a wide range of careers.

My PhD

My PhD has impacted directly on my career, equipping me with transferable skills that can be applied to different purposes. It was really useful and interesting to learn more about programming and modelling in a practical way, with support from my supervisor and other people in the department.

Independent learning was a big part of my course, and this has proved invaluable in the workplace, as I manage my own time and balance my workload.

Some of the most useful skills I learnt or improved upon during my PhD were soft skills – including technical writing, presenting and networking. These abilities are extremely useful in the workplace, and I would recommend all students to take them seriously.

Study tips

Document and label everything you do, as you will be glad of that when you are writing your thesis. It's never too early to start your thesis file, as you can paste in links and notes for which you will be really grateful in your final year.

Go to as many conferences as you can – it's great to meet different people, learn from them, see and give some interesting talks, network, and visit new places. You will rarely get the chance to do these types of trips if you don’t end up working in academia.

Thinking of choosing Physics at Manchester?

Learning about cutting-edge Astrophysics – both from staff within the department, and visiting academics – is a great benefit of studying at The University of Manchester.

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