Tuesday, February 15, 2005

 

Becoming a Science Ph.D. is no escape from a difficult job market

Are you considering to apply for graduate school to get a Science Ph.D.? You will be better off if you don't bother! It is quite incredible, but today's society actually punishes people for being too smart and working too much on academic pursuits. The work you must put in and the many years you will spend in graduate school will shake your emotions and stamina to the core. I honestly advise you not to do it. However, I must emphasize that a career in Science, via a bachelor's or master's degree, is still highly rewarding since it gives you the opportunity to get work experience early on. A bachelor's or a master's degree is also more flexible than a Ph.D., in spite of the much trumpeted belief to the contrary, because you can later on acquire knowledge in another professional or academic field. So if you have trouble finding a job now, believe me, graduate Ph.D. programs are no escape. Jobs for Ph.D.s in Science are extremely scarce in academia (see my previous posts), and private sector jobs may also be very hard to get, depending on your particular situation.
Comments:
poor guy.. you made a bad choice in your life and now you are depressed
 
(With people in academe and/or grad school like "Anonymous" I cannot imagine why people would be unhappy there).
Moving on:
My husband is currently ending his second year in grad school. Naturally the story is long, you understand the sacrifices to our life, our kids; you understand the passion for science and hopes for a life well lived for our family; you also know that it can be brutal and pointless. As my husband is a late student (currently 45), we are both beginning to wake up to the fact that he will be 50 or more before the nightmare ends and the new nightmare of post-doc begins. Our kids will be close to graduation by then. He's ready to look for work outside academe and just get on with life. Do you have any suggestions of where we can begin to look for jobs in the private sector that want friggin geniuses but don't need them to have a doctorate? Where can I help him look? Thank you sincerely for any help you can give.
 
I am sorry to see that this blog is long-since dormant. There are few voices in our society that question the value of higher education.

To an extent, I am carrying on this battle to raise public awareness, too, at my own blog. I am more interested in the problem of education overproduction in general, but I am also still very interested in the problems of the science field and especially in the legal field. (Not only have we been graduating three times as many new lawyers as what our nation needs for decades, but unlike scientists they also end up with $120,000+ of non-dischargeable student loan debt.)

You can find my blog as well as links to other law school scambuster blogs at:

http://FlusterCucked.blogspot.com
 
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Someone please help me! I am a first year Phd student in Biostatistics in France. I am an American and I am doing the study mainly to come live in France. France is super expensive and the phd thing is getting really hard. I also just dont see what I am studying will link me to a real job later. I am starting to seriously considering quitting and going back to the States and getting a job there. I also have a feeling that the phd thing will actually hinder my future.
Any honest opinion?
Pursuing a phd makes me feel so stupid since its kinda too hard for me, it makes me sad and depressed. I also don't know if I like France enough to stay here later...
I am 28. I want to get married and be a mom soon. I feel like the phd thing is too energy consuming and I cant reach my goal to become a mummy with all this stress and uncertainty....

A part of me is seriously considering just taking a lower level job and quit pursuing phd...

PLEASE ADVISE!
thanks!
 
my email is:
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plaese help me! I feel like I am drowning into some deep shit and am totally confused! ahhh!
 
Someone please help me! I am a first year Phd student in Biostatistics in France. I am an American and I am doing the study mainly to come live in France. France is super expensive and the phd thing is getting really hard. I also just dont see what I am studying will link me to a real job later. I am starting to seriously considering quitting and going back to the States and getting a job there. I also have a feeling that the phd thing will actually hinder my future.
Any honest opinion?
Pursuing a phd makes me feel so stupid since its kinda too hard for me, it makes me sad and depressed. I also don't know if I like France enough to stay here later...
I am 28. I want to get married and be a mom soon. I feel like the phd thing is too energy consuming and I cant reach my goal to become a mummy with all this stress and uncertainty....

A part of me is seriously considering just taking a lower level job and quit pursuing phd...

PLEASE ADVISE!
thanks!
 
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