Thinking about doing a PhD? You think you are really smart? Think that getting a PhD will help your career? Think again.

PhD: what’s new?

Nothing is new in the PhD hellhole. Just a hell as it was yesterday. Interested to share your hell’s nuances? Why not write to us:

PhD: a never ending nightmare

While you thought you were about find glorious new stuff. PhD is one way entrance to hell, most never exit their crushed self.

PhD: the exploitation

The curiosity of finding new things brought most to PhD. Universities take full advantage of that, by asking you to do ‘teaching assistantship’ and paying you peanuts. After 6/7 years of exploitation like that, it’s hard to keep respect for the ‘process of finding new things’.

There is no career at the end of the tunnel. Half of PhDs don’t know what to do, so chug along in post-docs. Pathetic pathetic end of a ‘smart person’.

Contract Professor: On income assistance

“So what makes a mild-mannered Physics instructor turn into a seething rebel? The blunt answer is that I, along with many of my colleagues in Higher Education in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia are being shamelessly exploited by our employers.”

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PhD: need a divorce

Most starts for ‘a passion’ (there is no money) to contribute to knowledge, and secretly wanted to be famous. 4 years into the program you find yourself into doing futile calculation of small details. Sinking feeling, your life isn’t going anywhere, would you leave? You should.

PhD: Publication doesn’t lead to job

Do you have a publication in a ‘good’ journal (science, nature) etc? Obviously you are pretty happy if you do have that. However, your happiness is ‘irrational exuberance’ given that so much effort you have put into it and after so many years that good publication means exactly zero. No one really want to hire you as they don’t understand the relevance of your particular thesis to their area and honestly you look bit of a moron to chase an esoteric subject for so long and now looking for a career in an irrelevant field. Reality doesn’t sink in easily as some PhDs’ end up doing postdoc… an insanity of gigantic proportions. Not only the postdoc is burying his career coffin in sand, it propagates the bad idea that postdoc is a career path. Yes, the almost invisible, walking dead postdocs will also look for ‘permanent positions’.. given that jobs are non-existent in academia, how is this fool’s hope help anyone?


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