I picked up the New Scientist Graduate Careers Special (28 October 2006) at the Careers Service yesterday. There is a gem of an article by Matthew Killeya (PhD statistics). This is his list of eight rotten reasons to apply for a PhD.
- I want three more years of life as a student.
- I’ve got nothing better to do.
- I fancy my lecturer. (!)
- I want to pull students (“Don’t even go there – much, much worse than pulling your lecturer.”)
- I want “Doctor” on my credit card (“In fact, most people with a PhD are reluctant to flaunt their title. Imagine somebody introducing themselves as “doctor” in a pub – you’d probably think they were a prat.”
- They offered me a place.
- I’ll be raking the cash afterwards.
- I want to know all the answers. (“…expect your PhD to throw up more questions than answers.”)