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  1. Postdoc
    Nov 09 - 12:38 AM

    What interests me most is whether current or prospective grad students will change their plans if the overall message from this webinar is negative (which I suspect it is). I can almost guarantee the answer is no.

    • Chad
      Nov 12 - 6:36 PM

      Change their plans to what? Once you have gone that far, there often isn’t much of a better option than to continue. Though I would say the few of my fellow grad students that quit and went to pharmacy or med school (if you can get in) made the right decision. By far, my college friends with the most stable, highest paying jobs are doctors, dentists, or pharmacists. We are in our mid to late thirties now.

      Those of us that stuck it out in science have had unstable jobs coupled with lower pay. Law is even worse unless you are elite. Finance and consulting are still shedding jobs as well. Saying they should escape is one thing. But telling them where they could go is another.

  2. Postdoc
    Nov 14 - 1:51 AM

    I understand the sentiment Chad, and I fell victim to it myself. However, I don’t find it to be proper justification. If everybody is saying the market for PhDs is terrible and that the jobs are leaving the country, then why is it better to finish your degree? Just because you can’t think of another option?

    I knew someone who left their PhD just a few months shy of finishing and took an MS instead. I was convinced this person was dumb and would languish on the job market having to explain why it took so long to get an MS. None of that happened, the individual got a job quickly, has been employed for several years and is happier now than ever because they can make time for personal hobbies and trips to other countries. Yes there are better options than finishing your PhD. People are too damn stubborn to consider them.

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