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Is it worth having a PhD degree?

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Doing PhD research is a quite hard work. The students should take lots of efforts and time to get it. Generally, at least 3 years, at most 8 years. Considering the fact that the process of doing research is difficult and challenging, most of the students will give up. Moreover, a PhD costs you a house or a fancy car. In my opinion, it's worth getting a PhD degree, especially if you want to be a scholar or professor in the universities and institutions.

Doing research is beneficial for you to improve ability that means find problems, read research articles, write reports and papers, give public lectures, run experiments. The training and practicing process are important for PhD students to be a qualified researcher.

The top PhD programs have strict bar: professional coursework, teaching experience, exams, thesis defense, field research, international meeting, team building, and of course getting a groundbreaking achievement in your area.

PhD trained students are capable of giving logical, well-organized speech and clearly know how to write an academic paper and visualize the findings of experiments. Thus, they are more successful and influential.

The most vital part of PhD training is to find the problem in a specific field that your want to work on in the following years. Doing a PhD will offer you more possibilities to cast away from the comfort zone and explore the boundary of human knowledge.

If you try to figure out the most difficult problem and work on the most interesting project, and you want to have your career in academia, a research lab as a traditional or modern intellectual, it's worth doing. Last but not least, you are suggested to do a survey about your interest and the prospect of the PhD research. Once you made a decision, you have to follow the schedule and finish your research on time. Additionally, a master degree may be helpful for your to continuing PhD research. It is because you had a good foundation in the field and learned basic theories and methods.

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Reply Report HailChina! 2018-2-2 11:36
From my blog -

So I am reading a little more on the topic and I came across what many have described as the biggest controversy in Australian academia. Back in 2012 a Queensland University of Technology ( QUT ) Phd, student, Micheal Noonan was publicly attacked in the media by two academics from QUT for his thesis - 'Laughing at the Disabled'. Part of Noonans thesis was a comedic film - Down Under Mystery Tour' - that featured two intellectually disabled guys. Noonan showed part of his film at his confirmation seminar and these two academics disagreed because they felt that the two men featured in the film were being exploited and humiliated - so they decided to attack Noonan and his thesis through the media by writing an article titled "Philistines of relativism no longer at the gates".

You people would contribute more to society if you were all cleaning toilets.
Reply Report HailChina! 2018-2-2 11:37
I would be 1000 times more intelligent than the average PhD student. I clean toilets.
Reply Report HailChina! 2018-2-2 14:07
Do you know what you people remind me of? The Wizard of Oz -

: Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven't got: a diploma.

He taps his nose when he says "great learning". It must be very nice to never work a day in your lives is it? It must be lovely. Rolling around thinking your deep thoughts. If I was one of you people might spend a decade or so at a university while my parents supported me. And then I might get a grant to write a book that nobody could care less about, and I would dedicate my book to my parents and my young wife and children. Oh must be lovely being one of you people. If I only had a brain like you guys..
Reply Report HailChina! 2018-2-2 14:12
Maybe I would study in China and tell people that I had to share a bathroom for a year or two. I would pretend to myself that my place in the world is totally justified and how it should be. I wouldn't feel guilty at all about the masses beneath me. That have to actually work and contribute to society.
Reply Report HailChina! 2018-2-2 14:13
People that clean toilets contribute more to society than the majority of you PhD students.
Reply Report Everynowhere 2018-2-4 02:58
It highly depends on your personal goals. In research intensive or highly professional fields, getting a PhD really helps. As a artificial intelligence or finance professional, the additional knowledge, analytical abilities, project management skills and insights into cutting edge research really helps you advance not only personally, but also in your career.
On a personal level, getting a PhD is also highly satisfying. You get to research into a topic you love.

And I don't agree with the author of this post: getting a PhD isn't necessarily expensive. If you already have a master, you could pursue your PhD beside working in the private sector, earning a good salary and building work experience. It'd be challenging for sure, but it's no unheard of.
Reply Report Swifty55 2018-2-27 20:26
My  P.H.D. from Stanford Universiy got me to the top of the teachers pay roll in USA.Got me a principals job paying $110K per year and full tenured Professors job at Nothwestern in USA. When retired got me a Professor Job at a University in China. If you use your degree proper you can do much better then with just a Masters Degree. Now you can also get fake degrees in the USA very easy. So this is a big problem in the USA.

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