>> In article <85ho4r$eu7$1 at niobium.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk>, mlush at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk says...
> >In article <Kux7OBWISsIFE=3c49mD+MFpr4=7 at 4ax.com>,
> >Bruce D. Winningham <102742.3221 at compuserve.com> wrote:
> >>On 11 Jan 2000 16:01:26 GMT, mlush at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk (Mr. M.J. Lush)
> >>>IMHO in the UK Ph.D's are a sort cheap labour, payed less than
> >>>a technition and expected to do a PostDoc job.
> >>Why would someone want to go through the trouble to get a PHd. then?
> > Because the system relies of the goodwill and ignorance of
> >graduates who idealistically want to do research above all else.
> >(afterwards when they've had the idealism thesised out of them
> >the sensible ones leave science and get a job in the City).
> > When I applied for my PhD I knew that I would be reducing
> >my lifetime earnings potential and entering a lifestyle with
> >no security and no career structure. The reason I did it was because
> >I wanted to do (biological) research above all else and was willing
> >to sacrifice monetary reward to do it. Doing a PhD is as vocation
> >not a career choice.
> If you want a vocation join the clergy or the peace corp.
Clergy? You gotta be kidding. It's another career, my friend. Whatever
you study in order to make a living out of is a career. Fermat didn't
live off of mathematics--so that's vocation for you.