It’s a somewhat common assumption that you have to pay a certain toll to be successful: For a PhD this can mean heaps of frustration in the lab, but also limited contracts, extra hours and a lousy pay. This last point was subject to a recent, US-centric feature in Nature. There, the author had one suggestion for those who cannot afford their PhD: Take on … Continue reading The price of a PhD
I have been meaning to write this article for months now. With my thesis, it’s the same. Why didn’t I? I am a PhD student for almost 5 years now and about to finish. It has been a time with ups and downs and I want to unveil some of my insights and experiences. There are a few things on my mind that I consider … Continue reading Approaching the end
Intensive sociological research has led to uncover similarities between marriage and supervisor-PhD agreements. Whereas marriage and a PhD are not mutually exclusive choices per se, the decision to pursue a PhD or a Dr. rer. nat. usually is. In a follow-up study we now investigated the two different options for aspiring PhD candidates in the life sciences at the University of Bonn. Our results are … Continue reading PhD vs Dr. rer. nat
Well, probably we will be… brilliant but crazy (just kidding) scientists. At least that is what the statistics show. But we also have a good chance of exploring other options. According to Paula Stephan from Harvard, 48% of the proud PhD title holders stay in academia, 23% go to industry, 9% work for the government, 11% do something else (?), and 10 % do not … Continue reading What will we do after our PhD?!?