The relationship with your advisor is one of the most crucial aspects of the doctoral training. The typical graduate student spends a lot of time worrying about what their advisor thinks. One negative comment from an advisor can affect a student’s morale. It is therefore important to understand the role of your advisor and manage working relationship.

It has been proposed that the importance of the advisee-advisor relationship is based on two elements. The department is the “primary socialization agent” at the doctoral level and the advisor acts as the interface between the student and the department. Not only do advisors contribute to the socialization of the students, but they also improve the quality of their doctoral education and provide opportunities post-graduation.