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golfpro said: "[more as a career progression tool...is anyone actually doing it for fun?"
I don't do it as a career progression tool or why it's needed for research jobs in academia. Actually that wouldn't be enough motivational factors for me to carry through. I'm only doing it because I want to prove myself that I can do it and because I like the challenge and because I want to call myself Dr Apollo...
Why are British people (being very generalistic here-apologies) so obsessed with getting on the "property" ladder???
In other countries it's perfectly accepted to rent a flat (even if you are a doctor and have a family and earn a lot).
Apart from that I feel that house prices in UK are a bad joke (apart from the "houses" themselves which all look the same, have no privacy, have tiny little rooms and so on).
One day, the property market in UK will implode as it's completely ridiculuous. NatWEst & Co are secretly laughing about the public and their obsession with mortgages. In my home country I can buy a villa-style house with a huge garden for £150K. But that's probably country-specific and comparisons are not always possible.
Sorry, just a quick remark off topic:
Obviously I'm not from UK and I just have to tell you all about my little observation: having lived before in many different countries I've never come across so many polite people like in the UK.
Whereas people in other countries seem to be relatively outspoken and direct (maybe too much), in England the biggest fear of most people seems to be being perceived as rude.
I'm not critisizing this, it's just an observation..
A lot of people with MA or MSc think they can add a PhD or MPhil very easily-one or two more years of study and that's it. They don't know, however, that a PhD has idiosyncratic characteristics which are entirely different. In other words, a PhD is tough and if you don't have the innner desire to complete it you will soon decide to quit.
It's a marathon and as expressed through this analogy, only crazy people decide to embark on such an endeveaour.
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