In article <387ddb4c.1597233 at news.rdu.bellsouth.net>,
Dr. David M. Johnston <dmj7 at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>On 12 Jan 2000 11:22:03 GMT, mlush at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk (Mr. M.J. Lush)
>> 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.
>>You're telling us that had you not earned a PhD, you'd be facing a
>life with a higher earnings potential and higher job security?
A PhD should take 3 years, with a good grant thats a
total takehome pay of about 6,000 pounds a year. If I had taken
a 'graduate job' I could expect at least 12,000 pa. Over 3 years
thats a difference of 18,000L (in fact rather more, an overdraft of 2000+
is not unusual). If I remain in my current career (academic research)
its going to be a long time before I get my 18,000 back, and as for
higher job security?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!
>Did your committee know this before they granted you the degree?
Yes they did.
>>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.
>>How noble of you. I can tell the world is already a better place
>because of your martyrdom.
I don't know I think its rather a worse place I could have
gone off and used my time to do something worthwhile.
>>Doing a PhD is as vocation
>>not a career choice.
>>A PhD is not a vocation as it may be earned in any one of countless
>fields of study.
Hmmm perhaps vocation was the wrong choice of words but
given the choice between a PhD and a BSc (with 3 years in hand)
I'd advise the BSc
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