Characteristics of a Good Ph.D. Candidate

So, you have a Master’s degree, and now you want to make the big leap of obtaining your Doctoral degree in your area of specialization as well as in your university of choice?
Congrats!
Not many persons decide to take this step because of various factors, so you deserve a high-five! I can already tell that

  1. Are you good at managing your time? There is no doubt that most persons, even you, maybe working and/or managing a family when you decide to pursue your doctorate. Having to face the complexities of everyday ‘normal’ life and then having to do evening or weekend classes, plus the assignments that come with them is no easy feat. That is why it is important that when you are considering becoming a Ph.D. student, you have sufficient mastery of time management so that you can efficiently complete your assignments and have time for your other obligations.
  2. Do you need to be ‘spoon fed’? Pursuing a Ph.D. means that you’re in the big leagues, and at this point, you are the only one who is going to be accountable for your work. There will be no lecturer reminding you of due dates (as often as an undergrad), and no group members to rely on to pull off the work with. You have to operate under minimal supervision to ensure that your work is done, and done properly. Your advisor will be there to guide you, but not do the work for you.
  3. Are you open-minded? As a great Ph.D. student, you have to be willing to dig deep, question findings, and search for solutions. Having an open mind and a willingness to learn new things is a well-needed trait of a Ph.D. student. During the research, you will discover things that you didn’t even consider before, and your inquisitive mind will allow you to seek out more to come to a solution for the problem you are working on.
  4. Communication is key! You must be able to communicate both verbally and in written format as a Ph.D. student. The documents you have to prepare for research, assignments, and projects need to be written properly to read and understand your message. Verbal communication is vital as well because when interviewing others for research, and your speech for your dissertation, you will need to be able to speak well for others to understand.
  5. Are you passionate about what you are doing? There is no doubt that there are going to be days when you don’t feel like continuing the journey, and you question the reason for taking up the mighty task of reading for your Doctorate. In those times, your passion for your field of study will motivate you to press on. Spending the money and time pursuing something that you don’t care much for seems like a waste, and you will not enjoy your time at all. So, ensure that your passion is in the right place and keep going. So, do you have what it takes to pursue your doctoral degree? Evaluate these qualities against your own to see if you do, and if it is that you want to pursue this degree, start making the changes, and go out and achieve your dreams!

About the author

Dr. Muchelule

Dr. Muchelule has a Doctorate degree in project management,
masters in project management, with another ongoing Ph.D. in
management information systems, Bachelor of Science in computer science, ISO certified systems auditor, IT Governance as well as a child protection certified expert from Harvard University, Microsoft Certified IT, professional expert, from Microsoft U.S.A., Certified senior management expert as well
as strategic leadership development expert from Kenya School of Government with over 15 years of experience in ICT, project management, and Monitoring Evaluation. Currently, he is ACCA Strategic Business Leadership National Award-Winning Mentor (2022), Grasshoppers Global Award-Winning ICT Mentor, Florida U.S.A (2019), and IBM Research Africa Emerging Technology Mentorship Award (2018). Dr. Muchelule is a key facilitator in the Office of Registrar of Political Parties(ORPP), Kenya on its mandate, As well as lead trainer/facilitator to Kajiado County Ward Managers on Monitoring & evaluation, Gulf cap top management facilitator on project design, monitoring
& evaluation on Buxton Point Affordable Housing Project Mombasa County, Kenya, Key technical member on monitoring & evaluation of Kenya Judiciary, Co-Consultant with Africa
Population & Health Research Centre (APHRC) on the development of Kenya National Sanitation Policy, Lead consultant in the Development of Monitoring, Evaluation, And Learning (MEL) Plan For National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ)- Court Users Committees (CUC), Lead consultant on the development of Gender Policy for the Kenya Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU); lead consultant on Systems Analysis and Design For Projects Information Management System for Kenya's national water harvesting and storage authority(NWHSA), Team member in the development of Kenya judiciary strategic plan, lead consultant Kenya National Treasury in the Development of Standard Methodological Manual for Project Level Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting, ICT authority Technical committee member on Digital Literacy Program Implementation among Public Schools in Kenya, lead consultant in Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada (“MEDA”) on Equitable Prosperity through Private Sector Development (MSAWA Project).
He is among the Founder and Executive Director of the MettaMetta Foundation western region of Kenya, Technical Projects Advisor at The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), An adjunct Lecturer at Kenya School of Law, a lecturer in both public and
private sectors in Kenya namely Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Moi University, Umma University an External Examiner at Azteca University Canada & Mexico, External curriculum reviewer for Daystar, Kenya & South Eastern University of Kenya, a grasshopper’s faculty member in the U.S.A, PMI certified member U.S.A. With
working experience in development partner agencies like ACORD, MUBADIROON in sub-Sahara Africa, AMREF-Maanisha programme-Kenya, Mumias Muslim Community Programme (MUMCOP)Kenya, Technical and Financial Audit for a Safe Programming in Kakuma & Dadaab Refugee Camps by International Rescue Committee. Dr. Muchelule has published more than 100 scientific peer-reviewed journals articles in various fields of applied, social & management sciences as well as on societies issues with applicable solutions to their problems through research; currently, he is a member of the community of Researchers for Global Journals for UK and USA and a Fellow Reviewer for both International Journal for Economics, Commerce, and Management, as well as an editorial research board member of Lakenya University, Kenya, and a coordinator of the
incubation hub as well research committee board member Umma University, Kenya; as well as a committee member of the ICT master plan for Kenya Vision 2030.

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