What should you be thinking about, depending on what stage of your research training that you're in? Let's take a look! Best Case Scenario Early in your PhD career, yrs 2–4 Get to know, or explore some organizations or groups doing something you find interesting (non research related) and contribute in a tangible way. If [...]
The disappointment or avoidance of talking about one's graduate research experience can be disheartening for advocates of science, or budding scientists. Why are some people so unhappy about their decision to do high-level scientific research? If we examine the reasons, it should not seem like a mystery: The people. Like any job, your experience in a [...]
By the traditional, limited definition of a PhD, it's clear that we don't. We have an oversupply of doctoral researchers, and 80% leave the academic track in the biomed fields, ending up with careers outside the faculty path. Postdocs also take a substantial pay cut and delayed progression on their future careers, thanks to the often outdated [...]
Is a PhD on a relevant subject as valuable as spending the same time gaining work experience in the same field?
This depends. How easily can you get relevant experience in your PhD vs in the workplace? PhD research typically is centered on deep investigation of a specific niche, and depending on where you are, that may be more easily accomplished in either scenario. More relevant to your question is what do you want to do [...]