Has anyone been following this?
It's a quite lengthy list that dissects the failure of the PhD model, mainly in a US context, but also highly applicable here. There seems to be quite a bit of anti-PhDing at the moment, and there was even an article in the economist about why doing a PhD is a waste of time.
I completely see where they are coming from and even though I am not as bad off as I used to be I probably have to (secretly) admit my PhD was a bit of a waste. Its just interesting to see I am not alone in that feeling.
It's easy for me to say it now, while I'm just finishing off and haven't experienced years of not being able to find a suitable position, but I don't think I'll ever regret my PhD- I really have enjoyed it and have learnt so much more in addition to the academic stuff. I might live to regret saying that, but I don't think I will. Of course I'll be incredibly frustrated and hacked off if I can't find a job, but it's been such a good experience in so many ways that I'll still be glad I did it. Even when I'm working at Tesco ;) KB
On a slightly more optimistic note, but equally thought provoking was this self assessment questionnaire asking Have you got what it takes to to have an academic career?
I am glad to see that Manchester have started to be more open about the process and I think having this kind of information available is essential for people to start asking questions and to protect themselves.
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