I'm wondering if there are benefits or problems with submitting my PhD thesis shortly before birth, or keeping it in the drawer for after the baby break?
Some ideas I have but I'm not sure if that's realistic: - possible benefits before birth: -->get it over with and concentrate on the baby -->get unemployment benefits or maternity benefits (???) after submission
- possible benefits of submission after baby break: -->be be a student longer, enjoy uni benefits (and funding?) for parents -->have a shorter 'gap' between PhD submission and post-doc applications (some say you should not be more than x months after submission - and I hesitate to claim 'baby break' to get longer period accepted due to fear discrimination)
I'm quite afraid of three things: not finishing the PhD; not finding a post-doc position; not having any money during baby break.
If anyone has any ideas for me I'd love to hear from you. I'm in Cambridge.