The other day:
The Prof: “[…] so that’s all good for planning; what do you want to do afterwards?”
Me: “Well, I was just going to actually get this PhD first, while keeping an eye out, taking contacts down along the way…”
The Prof: *disdained* “Don’t you have an idea as to where you want your career to go?”
Me: “Of course I do, I just don’t want to get distracted right now.”
The Prof: “But you still need to tell me where you want to go after this degree, so that I can introduce you to the right people.”
Is this commonplace in British doctoral supervision, or is this usually an implicit practice?
I was also much thanked for bringing gifts, then instructed not to “indulge in bad Chinese habits” (i.e. the gift-giving).
BONUS food pictures: