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Anastasia Petraki

Anastasia Petraki

Graduated: 2012

Years of study: 4

What are you doing now?

Well very briefly, I graduated from my PhD within four years, as I planned. During my last year, while I was busy writing-up, I started working part-time as a Research Officer here at the School of Management. I still plan to pursue an academic career.

What made you decide to embark on a PhD?

I had considered the possibility of following an academic career after my graduation but it wasn’t until I was given the opportunity to work as an assistant on a research project here at the School of Management that I learnt what research is all about, what it involves and how to approach different questions. Going through this experience, combined with my earlier wish, motivated me to pursue a PhD degree.

What attracted you to Bath?

One factor was that the School of Management is very research-intensive and has had consistently high ratings over the past years. That it happens to be in this beautiful city is a very happy coincidence. What really made the difference though, was the help and support I received from the faculty from the very beginning, especially the Accounting and Finance Group.

What is it like to live and study in Bath?

I must admit that having come to the UK shortly before I started at the School of Management, I knew little about the wonderful city of Bath. Spending most of my day here on campus, I have precious little time to walk around the city. Nevertheless, the student community is organised and very large, so there are always opportunities for different activities and nice breaks in the city and around the campus.

What was your PhD research about and have you published any of your work yet?

My research was about pension fund portfolio allocation, the risks and returns of different investment strategies, the interaction with stock markets, and the impact pension fund regulation has on it. Although I have one publication based on previous research and I am in the process of submitting a paper based on a project I have provided assistance in as coauthor, I haven’t published any of my work yet. I plan to do so within the next year.

What does a typical week involve as a research student?

The biggest part of it is working on your research topic. This involves reading relevant literature, data collection and also thinking of different ways to approach concrete research questions. During term, you can attend seminars which provide research skills training and are given by other academics or organised by the University. Some of my hours were dedicated to teaching and this involved preparation, teaching, and discussion with students, as well as providing some research assistance in projects run by Professors in the department

What did you find most challenging about studying for your PhD?

Studying for a PhD means that I managed my own research and this gave me a lot of freedom. However, this freedom came with responsibility and required a lot of self-discipline. Staying on track means I had to constantly concentrate on what I was doing; there is no room for laziness.

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