Testimonial: Sai Kalvapalle, ERIM PhD Candidate

Testimonial: Sai Kalvapalle, ERIM PhD Candidate


– My name is Sai Kalvapalle, and I’m a PhD candidate in the department of Business-Society Management at RSM. I completed a master’s in organisation and social psychology at the
London School of Economics in 2017, and a lot of my doctoral interest and research that I do now is
informed by this background. (gentle piano music) In addition to the more
financial considerations, and obviously the research budget, and things that we get
here as doctoral students, I think it’s more of
the network that I find to be the biggest benefit of ERIM. We’re situated now in a group of really nice and kind
scholars that are really willing to lend a hand or get a
coffee and just help students in their development, and
not just the faculty members or senior academics, but
also other PhD students and mentors in the PhD communities. The PhD is really exciting because I find that it kind of opens up
my world in different ways. There is kind of the more
theoretical and academic interests that I have that are
really just being developed all the time by these seminars
and speakers and people in my department, and all
the other conversations that I’ve had, and obviously
my supervisory team. But in addition to this,
it’s also going outside of your own small network and connecting with other scholars and academics, which ERIM gives you access to, and just meeting people
from all over the world that are doing similar things
to you, but challenging you in very unique ways. I think it’s a bit premature
for me to say what my dream job might be, but my dream environment
to work in after the PhD, I think, is one a lot
like what I’m part of now, be it the department or
the research community, is where you have a lot of opportunities for collaboration with scholars that are at the same level
as you or are interested in the same phenomena as you are. And I think having this
intellectually stimulating environment is really
something that I would never want to miss out on in the future, so I think that would
be where I would like my dream job to be located.

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