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Without PhD students and postdoctoral researchers an academic would have virtually no research output. Science PhD's are basically doing the research that the supervisor would like to do themselves, so with groups of about 20 people it would be impossible for them to do it alone. Also, without PhD's there would be no research grants, and with the drop in research output the Universities reputation would akin to a college and not a University. I think it may be somewhat different in the humanities?
I doubt they will read you thesis again in as much detail as they did the first time. I don't know why they kept them though because they gave me their copies along with the list of corrections at the viva. Even if they do add a few more corrections to the list (spot more typos etc) then thats even better for you
I think perhaps you are over analysing/complicating the problem. Yes you should plan ahead - I knew I enjoyed my subject and although a PhD would equip me with the tools to succeed, it wasn't the be all and end all for getting a job that I enjoyed. I chose a PhD with industrial experience because outside of the academic setting experience in a business goes a long way. Apart from that I think you shouldn't plan too much because the world is constantly changing - maybe your dream job will not be there or that market saturated by the time you apply.
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