You are fresh out of college. You have got the world at the palm of your hand. You are young, restless and full of joy. Why in the hell would you want to spend 5 years of your life doing exhaustive research in order to get a title? Aren’t you a little past that point by now? Well, think again, because doing so could be the best decision you will ever make in your life. However, like most important decisions, you have to meditate on it, and have a valid reason for embarking on the journey that is getting a PhD. Here, we will show you 10 reasons why it is good to do this, but first of all, you should definitely REFRAIN from doing because every cool graduate is doing it. You will feel miserable, and you will have wasted 5 years of your life doing something that will not contribute to anything in your life. Sounds pretty harsh right? It is not necessary to get a PhD. We repeat, it is NOT necessary to get a PhD. It will give you an advantage, but if you don’t feel like doing it, it is fine. You will do just fine, proceed with your life. But for those who are contemplating the idea, we present you this list:
1. For those research freaks, here is your heaven: You will do extensive research. That means searching over and over again. If that did not scared you, chances are you will have the time of your life during the process. You will have the possibility to work on whatever subject that passions you, with the help of state-of-the-art technology that will help you become a total pro at that particular field. 5 years reading and investigating about what you love? That is excellent.
2. To take up challenges: Maybe you are one of those people who have to overcome increasingly harder challenges in order to stay alive. Trust us, there is no harder challenge than completing your PhD, let alone exceeding at it. It requires a lot of hard work and a great portion of your time in order to be good at it. Do you think you can handle it? If the answer is yes, and you are actually excited to start, then you are a nerd, and you are also on the right path.
3. You are your own boss: Here, you do will have some kind of guidance, but if only the bare minimum. You are the absolute master of your time and you decide how to do things. You get to investigate about what you love, and you get to work however you want. There are no external orders or stupid plans to follow. Only your intuition, and some deadlines to meet. You are alone in the game. Does that sounds like a dream came true?
4. It will give you an advantage: Having a PhD is like nailing a water bottle flip at your first try: you are better than everyone else. The amount of preparation and knowledge, not to mention the interpersonal skills, you have acquired in your journey will make you an A-candidate for high-profile jobs around the world.
5. To network: No, being a PhD student is not a synonym for hermitage. You have the opportunity to engage with other fellow students who might share your passion for the same subject, plus cool teachers that are incredibly smart. You can definitely learn a thing or two with them.
6. Travel around the world: Yes, in order to become a total master of your subject, you will have to fly a lot. You will travel to tons of cool places, and guess what, others will be paying for your trips! And with you being a nearly-broke graduate, that sounds like if Jesus hit you up to go cloud-surfing in heaven.
7. You are a learning addict: If you actually enjoy learning on a daily basis, the experience will prove to be an amazing one. You will get to work with experts of the subject, and with the technology you will be handling, there is no limits to your intellectual hunger.
8. You still feel unprepared: If you feel you are not ready to work yet, or you still feel that you lack the right preparation for some type of work that you want, then getting a PhD is the way to go.
9. You will be paid while doing it: this is self-explanatory.
10. You will be part of something world-changing: Getting a PhD is also coming up with possible solutions to the world’s most urgent problems. You will be contributing to the survival of the human race, and that is no small task!