Exiting after third year Progression Review

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Hi. Next month, I have my third year progression review. At the back of my mind, I'm conscious that that is essentially the point of no return.

I'm doing a Humanities PhD, which was pretty badly affected by COVID- I had data collection trips cancelled. I was really fortunate to be granted a funding extension of 6 months. However, thoughts keep coming to my mind about quitting while I can and moving on with my life.

I'm in an okay position I suppose; I have two out of six of my chapters written. However, writing these chapters has been a real struggle and has taken me nearly three years to get to this point, which makes me feel really behind schedule.The length and difficulty that I've had with them makes me think that there's very little chance that I could be finished within a year, which would mean racking up debt by going on nominal registration.

I think generally too, I'm struggling with motivation. I love my subject, don't get me wrong but I don't really enjoy the writing process. I have no real desire to stay in academia either, which doesn't help spur me to get over the finish line. In fact, I almost regret starting a PhD, as lucky as I realise that I am to have had funding.

So I guess my question is, is this my last chance to get out and should I take it? Objectively, if I were in anyone else's shoes, I would probably say to myself, 'Hang tight, you've only got one year left!' but it just doesn't feel like the end is within sight yet.

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Sorry to hear about your situation. If you were in second year, I might have said quit. Now it might be a bit late to do it. What is the worst case scenario after one year? No PhD? why do you want to jump to the worst case scenario right away?
Writing two chapters is not something small. People get PhD not only because they want to stay in academia. I am out of academia and not happy about my incomplete PhD. I would quote you "hang tight, you have one year left". If it is more than one year, it will not be that long.

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