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The consumption of your time and energy for misleading aims such as uncovering the mysteries of nature, performing experiments or carrying out calculations to learn how the world works. Forget it! Do something else instead: medical school, law school, computers or engineering, or something else which appeals to you.

You might have the expectation of spending your working life doing scientific research, using your ingenuity and curiosity to solve important and interesting problems. You will almost certainly be disappointed, probably when it is too late to choose another career. You might think I became a scientist in order to have the freedom to work on problems which interest me. But you probably won't get that freedom. As a postdoc you will work on someone else's ideas, and may be treated as a technician rather than as an independent collaborator.

After you are done with all, the struggle for a job is now replaced by a struggle for grant support, and again there is a glut of scientists. Now you spend your time writing proposals rather than doing research.

by Jonathan I. Katz, Professor of Physics
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by spotless mind 2 years ago
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I find people who pursue PhDs to be very inspring, but I struggle to understand how much work is actually done when completing a PhD.
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by Strategery 2 years ago
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