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Remember, they are testing you with those type of questions. They are almost tongue in cheek. If you respond in a way they think is appropriate, then it doesn't really matter what your answer is. If you get defensive or evasive, it won't go well. You need to be honest and open, not just give a basic response "A PhD isn't for me". Obviously they will continue to ask questions if you answer like that.
I really doubt they will pursue this, secondly, even if they do, there's not much they can do, particularly if: you don't still work there or they don't know who you do work for; you don't own a house or if you do it's a different one to the address they have; you don't own a car or any expensive assets.
Basically, in order to recover this "debt", they would have to take you to court (threatening letters from collection agencies don't count) and they would only do so if they think you have assets of some type for them to recover. The reality is they probably won't bother.
Source: I used to work in debt recovery.
Hi Tenzin, it would be very very rare for you to be failed at this point, but I believe there was a case of failure discussed on this forum at one point, or at least the examiner came back again wanting more corrections.
If you've done everything they have asked, I don't think you need to worry.
This really depends on the PI. I do know of a technician RA who got taken on as a PhD student, but I also know of one who hung around for years on this basis and it never materialised.
Personally, I think it's best avoided, unless it's a very short term position you are using as a stop gap.
I would say lower your exceptions. People don't have to say anything to you about this, even your supervisors (although since it may affect your performance, they should), and you can't change this. Instead, ask yourself why you need this from them?
Moral of the story is you can't change other people's behaviour, you can only change your response to it.
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