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RE: How to Make a Ph.D. Matter, by Louis Menand
by Dr. Nanochick at 3:47 pm EDT, Oct 10, 2007

Decius wrote:

Getting a Ph.D. today means spending your 20’s in graduate school, plunging into debt, writing a dissertation no one will read – and becoming more narrow and more bitter each step of the way.

Yep, that sounds about right. Funny, this article is mainly written about graduate students in other fields and not science, however, grad students in science face the same problems. Universities are supplying many more science PhDs than are "academic" positions. Lucky for us, there are MANY other jobs out there in which our degree is useful, and most of those jobs aren't even research oriented. Graduate school is an interesting process...some people, by the end, are so happy to go off to do an "alternate" career. On the other hand, in my opinion, if I have worked so long and so hard to obtain the ability to do research, my next job had better come with my own lab bench and a pipette (and some minions....yeah....).

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