188: 6 Strategies for Dealing with A Toxic Advisor
In this solo episode of the Grad School Femtoring Podcast, I discuss six strategies to deal with a toxic advisor and make progress in your program. I know from experience just how hard it is to be in this situation and sadly, I’ve encountered far too many students and clients who have also struggled with a difficult, neglectful, or otherwise unsupportive advisor.
Here are some options for what you can do. First, identify the root of the problem and consider documenting the toxic behavior. Then, find support from trusted individuals, entities, and mental health professionals. I also recommend setting firm boundaries and knowing your rights and policies as a student. I also discuss the option of standing up for yourself, switching advisors, and in some cases leaving the program. It’s important to remember the impact that the advisor-advisee relationship can have on your long-term career goals as this person may be writing your future recommendation letters and serve as a reference for jobs.
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