Signup date: 12 Apr 2010 at 11:37am
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I work in R&D in pharma and intend to do a PhD this year. After discussion with potential supervisors they have made it very clear that they consider industrial experience a big advantage in terms of having well developed skill in time and project management and in carrying out and documenting research in a systematic manner. My prospective supervisor sees me as less of a risk than a new grad as I have an established track record of industry R&D.
It has also helps that I can contribute my applied knowledge in terms of teaching.
So i don't think it is an either/or.... a couple of years in industry could make you a stronger candidate and give you a chance to save a few pennies.
First off...you are not nuts!
I am in a similar situation. I have been in industry for 10 years and am seriously considering (read: have applied for and awaiting response) doing a PhD as well. Have applied for FT but PT might be better but will see what my options are. I also like my job but would like to do something just for me (and if not now then when!). For me there is less of a risk of no job after (becuase of my experience) but I have a young family to consider.
What's your field and re-employment prospects?...can you be flexible on location when you look for a job after. Do you have dependants? (if not I'd really encourage you to try the PhD before they come along!)
Remember the interview discussion is a 2 way thing ..now that you have taken the time to prepare your application and sent it in why not spend a bit more time exploring whether this is a good move or not. Unless you get an offer there is no decision to make. I wouldn't worry about "the school getting my application and taking time over it when I'm not feeling sure about it"... at the end of the day that's somebody's job.
I would take all the time you can get to consider all the pros and cons and talk it over with everyone who will be affected... I was really suprised how much my friends and family have encouraged me to go for it even though financially and careerwise it doesn't make an awful lot of sense.
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