Why a PhD?
There’s a fundamental problem with students in the sciences. They don’t care about anything but grades and “getting a good job.” They don’t get exposed to research and simply have no idea what it means. It’s upsetting. Each of them seems to think they will simply go to medical school and become a doctor. Health care is sensationalized by the media, while the real life savers are in the background doing research. Doing real science.
There was a discussion on the ASM page of LinkedIn that I stumbled upon. The thread was about “the future of the Ph.D.” That’s when I saw this mind blower: “While it’s true there are some jobs that require the degree, there are a lot more that will consider you overqualified if you get it. If you want a secure career look elsewhere.”
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? This is incredibly aggravating. You get a Ph.D because you absolutely love science. Not for fame, or money (there is none in science), not for some “secure career.” You do it because you can’t live without the thrill of the discovery. You have to love the chase, to be enthralled with the unknown. You have to know that with each thing you find out, there are a million more intricacies behind it.
It’s hard to believe that most people are heading into their adult lives seeking degrees for some sort of pay increase or stability. Look at what science has given us. We take it all for granted.
Food for thought: The US military receives roughly $680 billion per year. The NIH only receives $30 billion annually. How is this sustainable?
“The reason you do it, is because you can’t do without it.”