I am in my PhD 2nd year. Completed my proposal, courses. Now am focused on my research. What m… by Khaled Alashmouny
Answer by Khaled Alashmouny:
The first thing I would do is check with my advisor.
Read more papers and try to dig deeper in the history of the research you are working on. See how it started, who contributed mostly to your area, and what kind of other related problems that your research can solve.
In addition to research work, you may need to spend sometime to make yourself stronger in math, physics, and programming. This may sound trivial, but I can tell you that a lot of people overlook it.
Aside from the technical training and coursework, try to be an active volunteer in your department/school. In most Universities you are allowed to take one free course. Check the courses in Business School and try to take something relevant to entrepreneurship.
You can also start looking for summer internships relevant to your research. Improve your soft skills, time management, and writing skills.
The bottom line here is that time is very precious and you should not waste a moment.