Tools of the Trade

  • Graham C. GoodwinEmail author
  • Stefan F. Graebe


In this chapter we discuss “tools” that are necessary to carry out a doctorate. In particular, we discuss having the courage to keep going when the going gets tough, building experimental equipment, reading the literature and keeping track of references. We also discuss how to achieve an appropriate work-life balance. The latter is a key “tool” whose importance will stay with you throughout your career.

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© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and ControlUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.MyWings Coaching Hout BayCape TownSouth Africa

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