Oversupply of Ph.D.s in Canada?

spotsnall katzday at tamu.edu
Wed Jan 12 10:25:53 EST 2000


In article <85ho4r$eu7$1 at niobium.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk>, mlush at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk says...
>
>In article <Kux7OBWISsIFE=3c49mD+MFpr4=7 at 4ax.com>,
>Bruce D. Winningham  <102742.3221 at compuserve.com> wrote:
>>On 11 Jan 2000 16:01:26 GMT, mlush at hgmp.mrc.ac.uk (Mr. M.J. Lush)
>>wrote:
>>
>>>IMHO in the UK Ph.D's are a sort cheap labour,  payed less than 
>>>a technition and expected to do a PostDoc job.
>>
>>Why would someone want to go through the trouble to get a PHd. then?
>
>        Because the system relies of the goodwill and ignorance of 
>graduates who idealistically want to do research above all else.
>(afterwards when they've had the idealism thesised out of them 
>the sensible ones leave science and get a job in the City).
>
>        When I applied for my PhD I knew that I would be reducing 
>my lifetime earnings potential and entering a lifestyle with
>no security and no career structure.  The reason I did it was because
>I wanted to do (biological) research above all else and was willing
>to sacrifice monetary reward to do it.  Doing a PhD is as vocation 
>not a career choice.
>
>
>
If you want a vocation join the clergy or the peace corp.





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