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Why do so many people continue to pursue doctorates?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    10 years, a lot of debt, and no job.

  2. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    Opportunity to spend more time with parents is tough to pass up.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  4. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    How much debt is it if you plan on defaulting on your loans?
  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Because people are told from a young age to pursue what they love and "the money will follow." And, of course, no one believes that they will be the one on the outside looking in for a job. They have all been academic successes to this point, and fully expect it will continue.
    YankeeFan likes this.
  6. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    Do they love just going to school forever and racking up debt?
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    My boys have this picture (as I think a lot of people do) that Ph.D. means you're at the top of the field. Fortunately we have some very wise friends/family in the tech industry to tell them master's is where it's at for marketability, and that a doctorate is useful only to make academia a life.

    Not everyone hears that kind of advice, though.
    Alma likes this.
  8. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Because tomorrow is promised to no one and you might as well do what you enjoy and work toward something. This isn't someone taking out a $100,000 loan to shoot smack. I think of my favorite college professor who wrote his doctoral thesis on the 18th century poet Thomas Gray. He wrote several books on him and made a living by teaching college courses. He never became wealthy, but he's spent most of his life engaged with subject material he loves, which is a huge reward in itself. I don't think anyone pursues a doctorate thinking it's going to ruin their lives. If so, they should just go the smack route.
  9. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    "Yes" to the first question, and "they don't care about that" to the second question.
  10. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    Navigating the workforce is likely made that much more difficult if you put it off for a decade.
    cjericho likes this.
  11. JohnHammond

    JohnHammond Well-Known Member

    Who pays to get a Ph.D? Anyway, if you do get a job in academia, you can wipe away your student loan debt in 10 years.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    So people have to call me Doctor Ace.
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