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How do you socialise your PhD students?

In this step, you will reflect on what you (unconsciously) transmit to your own PhD students.
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In addition to the influence of the social context on you, you also have an impact on your social context, and in particular on your PhD students. You are a role model for your PhD students, whether you like it or not, as explained in the previous video. As a PhD supervisor, you hold a unique position of influence and guidance in shaping the development of your PhD students.

Have a look at your values from the first activity again and answer the following question on your hand-out:

  • How can your values become apparent to others? How do your values influence your behavior towards your PhD student(s)?

Also, have a look at the collective belief(s) you identified in the previous activity and answer the following question on your hand-out:

  • How may these belief(s) influence your behavior, and in turn, influence your PhD students and their development?

If possible, check during a meeting with one of your PhD students whether they recognize your values and the collective belief(s). Maybe, they can also give you inspiration for the above questions – how do you act upon these values and collective belief(s) in the relationship with that PhD student?

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