After reading the guest article by OnlinePhDPrograms.com posted here yesterday, I got to thinking about my own PhD. I definitely have days where I think it was time that could have better been spent grabbing a foot-hold in the job market, especially since it’s obvious that academia has all but completely slipped my grasp. Industry has never been that appealing to me either, so what does it leave? Well, plenty, but how much of that actually necessitates the seven years of hard labor? Since I haven’t put myself out into the market much to speak of, I’ll have to be content with the skills I’ve picked up and simply say, ‘I guess I’ll find out’ and ‘God. You better hope so’ (*points to heavens, viciously shakes fist*).
But what about you? I know many of you have finished or are in the midst of completing a PhD. Do you think it helped you in securing employment outside of academia or industry? Could you have done it without? If you don’t already have the PhD, are you planning on finishing considering the state of government funding and the ultra-competitive nature of group leader-type positions? In short, would you do it again/are you going to finish?
Chime in with the poll below, and if you’re thinking of applying to a PhD program, take note.