Advantages of choosing a Ph.D. as a career path
Are you confused about what to do after graduation? Would you like to work in industry or study further and become proficient in a particular field? One of the ways to become a supreme in your field is to hold a doctorate degree. Not only is a Ph.D. holder regarded as the most knowledgeable person in a particular field, but also are in high demand in the industry. Saying that it is also inevitable that you most definitely will find people calling it a wastage of time and money, but it is all worth in the end. Remember the last thing to grow on a fruit tree is the fruit.
But why Ph.D.? I am not saying this is the only way you could excel in a particular field, but it sure is the most regarded and satisfying one. Let’s talk about the advantages of having a Ph.D. Degree over non-PhDs.
One, you create knowledge, which is rare, rather than repackaging it. You spend endless days and nights to find the answers to the most intriguing questions of the universe. The process of becoming a Ph.D. holder is a different experience altogether. You gain the ability to identify problems, then narrow it down to the right one. After that, you go on to collect all the data related to your problem, conduct experiments and come to your own conclusion. You dive deep into the subject to find your answer rather than rely on Google like the rest of the world. One of the main criteria for your research paper to get published in journals is that it needs to be unique. Maybe a different perspective on an already existing theory or a different proposal altogether. Thus, it will push you to think differently than other people.
Two, you develop the skill sets required to excel in any industry. Your ability to think critically and solve a complex problem, along with the highest degree of academic achievement gives you ample opportunity to position yourself in the industry. For instance, if you wish to remain in academia you can work as a professor, head of the department (H.O.D) and other top-level administrative positions, researchers and practitioners. Furthermore, according to the McNair Program at California State University, Bakersfield, holders of doctorate degrees have the lowest unemployment rates and the highest lifetime earning potentials of the various levels of degree holders.
Three, people with a doctoral degree have the preparedness to come out of a negative situation somehow. They tend not to fear failure and learn from it because during the course of making your thesis you do tend to go through many ups and down. For a research paper, students often have to face multiple rejections. You will be challenged to improvise continuously. You are bound to face difficulties, but you find ways to come out of it through persistence.
In the process of becoming a doctorate, you come across multiple failures and still go on. Your potential to deal with failure and learn from it is a trait well regarded in all domains. Let’s be practical, any industry will not have all sunny days, you need to fight competition, come up with good ideas to make a profit and deal with problems on a daily basis.
Four, if we talk globally, the US and the UK both promote researchers in various fields. The growing trend of financially supporting research related to the environment is seen around the world. You can choose to enjoy the benefits of doing research in another country and gain an added cultural dimension to your research. Besides meeting new people, you will add incredible value to your professional network. Working with other researchers will expand your horizons and enhance your personal development.
For instance, there is close cooperation between academic research and industry in the German research sector German private and public sector organizations have long recognized the value of PhDs. In France, initiatives such as the “Doctoriales” encourage students to spend time with a local company, often resulting in long-term employment opportunities.UK universities, especially research-intensive universities, do understand the importance and the benefits of having a diverse research community and hence will look for international talent.
Five, Ph.D.’s holders can collaborate with Ph.Ds, non-Ph.Ds. and Post Docs. If you are in the process of getting one or already have one, you must have worked and exchanged ideas with fellow colleagues, researchers, and mentors to discuss one or the other thing. You would have completed your doctorate under a mentor, often an expert in the area of your interest to guide you in the right direction. So, they are basically a team player and can go on to become leaders. Their academic excellence and social interaction skills will hold a team together in tricky situations.
Six, you can utilize your deep understanding in your field to find ways to improve society and well-being. Our lifestyle changes quite often based on the research published worldwide. Research in the field of humanity, agriculture, lifestyle, etc. advocates many theories. You can work towards environmental issues which is of the topmost concern of many countries. Identifying problems local to an area and finding a feasible solution is encouraged all over the world.
Seven, you will be entitled to a good monetary compensation, academic as well as non-academic professions. You are eligible for the highest positions in the academic and research positions and would be a lead to frame the approach to a problem or issue. You are never too overqualified for any job. Think of it like this, would any company not want to have a person with in-depth knowledge about a field the company is having some trouble with? Definitely not.
Also, there are about 2% of the population who hold a doctorate’s degree. So, once you are done with a Ph.D., your chances of success increase. Countries like the UK and the US provide scholarships and stipend for aspiring researchers. They make sure the best resources are provided to their students for hassle-free research. They also provide allowances for traveling to different places, attend conferences and meet other researchers all in the hope to get the best end results.
So to conclude, if you have made up your mind to pursue Ph.D., you need to make sure that it will require a lot of determination and hard work. But doesn’t anything worthy requires that? So, if you are really interested to excel in a particular field, getting a Ph.D. in that field should be your goal. Keep your focus on knowing the subject in-depth and enjoy the process of learning.