After Post graduation, many opt for PhD in case they don’t make it into job. Some of them opt for it with a hope to get better promotions or recognition in career (likes to be addressed as a “Dr”). Very few of them go for it with pure interest in research. But doing PhD any where in the world is a tough issue. It has many reasons for it and there is no guarantee that the hard work undergone will be rewarding.
Yet the trend is that many of the boys and girls related to basic sciences, applied sciences, arts and even management are opting for PhD.
The situation is such that there is good struggle to even get an admission for PhD especially in reputed universities.
Requirement to get a PhD:
1. You need a good institute or university to perceive: This is because the association, quality of research, expertise and technology used there will be better.
2. You need some financial support: Doing PhD is not a job to make money. So you need some financial support in terms of fellowship, scholarship, sponsors or any part time job to help you out.
3. You will need publications: PhD is not like writing a final exam and getting passed. One needs at-least two or more publications in his field of research in some well acknowledged journals. This can be tough as it is time consuming. Further one needs writing skills and good scientific vocabulary and grammar.
4. Supervisors support: This is important issue for doing PhD. If your supervisor is supportive many of the above issues will be resolved easily.
5. Long Time span: At-least 4 years on an average time is required to get a PhD degree.
Problems one might have to face during or after PhD
a) Job options: Even after a PhD a good job is tough to find. This is due to heavy competition and one has to to face competition from guys with PdF’s (Post doctoral Fellow i.e. people with experience in research after their PhD). Even reputed institutes (like IIT’s) prefer a PdF than a PhD for academic teaching. So you may need to study further and sometimes end up no where.
b) Failures: Not all people after working for so long can successfully complete their PhD. There are cases where the research write up (thesis) is rejected or not accepted. Then the person has to start the work all over from the beginning. May be another 2-3 years added.
c). Distance from family or marriage: Many who perceive PhD have tough time with family life as well. They might have to stay away from family or will not ready for marriage as they do not earn much to sustain a family and even find less time to spend with family.
d) Spending of your valuable age or period of your active life: The age around thirties is one of the best for a person, as he healthy, stabilized mentally and even well matured to carry out any of his dreams. So spending that period of 4 years is definitely a long in one way.
e) Boredom: This is severe problem for many. One perceiving PhD is not in a corporate job or a public servant. His life is more prone to sustain in lab and less exposed to parties and functions. They are so bored, unenthusiastic and hence you find many PhD scholars spend their time on Face book or other social networks.
So after all these points is it worth doing PhD? for me it is Don’t know, can’t say.
Yet there are many who run for PhD and there is severe competition for getting admission.
Further even the number of drop outs or those who quit in between is not less.