Worldwide opportunities or grounded somewhere?

07-Sep-19, 08:44
by chnd
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posted about 2 months ago
Hello everybody!

I am a first-year PhD student at Hong Kong University (HKU) in Politics, and recently a big question is making me struggling thought the days:

Will I be able to get some academic opportunities back in Europe or North America (US, Canada) after the PhD here?

Most of my peers and past PhD students are from China, and they all came back there, while my perspectives are to go back to the West. However, and besides the difficulties we meet in finding a job in our fields, I don't know whether holding a PhD from Hong Kong will have any positive effect on my future career or if I will be likely "grounded" in Asia for a long time.

I really like my research and I have enough freedom (sometimes too much maybe) to experimenting with new ideas and widen both my literature and methods. However, the perspective of a geographic constriction is making me think of changing something on my path. I am also considering to apply for an MPhil in a European university and start all over again in one year.

Is there anyone who passed through these problems or someone who have any hint/suggestion?
Thanks a lot :)
10-Sep-19, 11:09
edited about 15 seconds later
by eng77
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posted about 2 months ago
Hello. You may have to set priorities first. Which is more important? moving to the West or carrying your research and obtain a PhD?
In my opinion, it is not impossible to have a PhD from Hong Kong and find a post in Europe. Although in continental Europe finding a Postdoc is ways difficult than finding a PhD.
Do you plan to live in Europe forever? are you looking for a "new" home country? If this is the case, I would recommend you to research the prespectives in all your destination countries and check whether you really need a PhD or not. Also take care of what residence permit opportunities available if you want to pursue MPhil.
If you want to go for an nice couple of years adventure in Europe, then you can finish your PhD and then look for opportunities.


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