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#31 Prep!

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 07:39 PM

i know of some people who think a PhD is a must for a person to develop!!! now sorry to say but i think tat is nonsense!!!
I know people without a PhD who are much much better than ones with it!!!!
So a PhD is more like securing a place.. obviously not true all the time.. I also know people who are PhD's and are simply ultimate!!!

* - I m from the biogenerics industry so i talk withh an industrial inclination!!! Here i see experience in the field as more than having a PhD but still just for the Dr. in front people prefer a PhD sometimes!!!

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 04:43 AM

re Pito

You cant imagine people or companies to know every school, company where someone worked or studied.


Well no, not off the top of their head I wouldn't but I find it hard to believe that anyone would hire someone without doing a bit of a background check first. I know none of the PIs in my dept would hire someone from a university that they had never heard of, at least not without checking its reputation first (and the reputation of their previous lab also...).

I guess maybe it is different in industry, as Prep says.

And there will always be crap PhDs and excellent non-PhDs and vice versa. But in research and in academia, you just simply can't get a job above research assistant without a PhD (at least that is the case in Aus). It is a minimum requirement for research associate positions, lecturer positions etc. You can't apply for funding without one either.

And I don't think that is a bad thing. A PhD is more than a "rite of passage" it is research training that you just don't get in your undergrad, and at a level that you don't get in the lab as a research assistant or tech. The work you do as an RA or tech is different to what you are required to do as a PhD student.
I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule (such as pito's story, he was obviously very lucky to have worked in a lab where the PI gave him the freedom to do his own work, and to publish and to speak at conferences etc, I've never heard of that!!).

And you are very right pito- some people have an easier go of it with their PhD than others. This depends on SO many things!! I don't even think you could assume that two people with PhDs from the same department at the same institute/uni have had the same "easiness" or "hardness" let alone comparing those from different uni/institute/country etc etc.

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 04:46 AM

I don't even think you could assume that two people with PhDs from the same department at the same institute/uni have had the same "easiness" or "hardness" let alone comparing those from different uni/institute/country etc etc.


:) <_< :P
this is so true... i have some of my friends doing PhD's across the world and all say similar things if not the same!!! :)
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Posted 29 May 2010 - 08:32 AM

(such as pito's story, he was obviously very lucky to have worked in a lab where the PI gave him the freedom to do his own work, and to publish and to speak at conferences etc, I've never heard of that!!).


I agree with what you say, but in general I only wanted to point out that too many people only look at "things" in front of people their names like PhD or Dr. or Msc. or...? whatever.

I can see that they select based on a degree, I am fine with that, but there are too many people out there that still believe that "wisom" comes with a Phd or whatever.

And about the story: the guy I was talking about was doing research for years, combined with teaching. After a while (lets say 15 years) the school decided to "give" him his own lab wich he accepted however because he didnt have a Phd they needed to find someone who has a PhD and that person would then be "officialy" to head of the lab because a non Dr. couldnt be the boss of a lab (funds etc and also for publications..).
To make the story short: they hired someone because that person was a dr. That person is now officialy the head of the lab... but all people working there or know about the lab know that the other one (the old guy that is doing his PhD thesis now) is the true boss..

I find this a very funny story.

I also remember a conference where we were and there were 4 specialist (out of 30 maybe) from other countries talking about a subject where the old guys is a real specialist in, but they heard at the start of the conference that he wasnt a doctor, just an engineer working on the topic, so whenever they were speaking at each other, when we were there too, they always ignored him a bit and spoke to "his boss" who knows almost nothing about it and at a certain point "the boss" had to ask him something because the boss couldnt answer their question, and the boss just said: oh well, fuck this: he is the specialist, speak to him, I know shit about this.
The look on those idiots their face... its was priceless...

And it got even worse when the speaker announced the host speaker, the world specialist in their expertise ... he just walked up and started speaking... hell I almost crapped my pants when I saw those idiots and later on when they had to come and beg him for more information and help for their research.


I know that other countries select more on practical knowledge and what you can (at least that is what they told me) but in belgium they still select too much times based on degrees, scores etc... without looking at the person itself (workethics, practical knowledge, interest in working etc.. to give an extreme example there is one organisation that gives funds and they dont even look at the person they simply select based on points alone!!!! You can be a good student, study hard and get good grades and at the same time be a total "idiot" in the lab... but heck they get the funds to do a phd while someone else might be less theoretical and thus less points but be better at lab work etc... and that person would not get selected.)

If you don't know it, then ask it! Better to ask and look foolish to some than not ask and stay stupid.


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Posted 02 June 2010 - 11:24 AM

Noone seems to be interested in her at all and the situation is getting worse... She cries all the time....

What I really want to know is what are the chances of her getting another PhD post somewhere else if she walks away? Would future PIs touch her with a bargepole?



Kami, your friend needs to find a new lab and PI before leaving the current one. She should discreetely advertise her expertise to other places and she should NOT spit on her current boss to anyone. She should simply say that they don't have the same vision for the work or some other BS like that.
Theory is when we know everything and nothing is working. Practice is when everything is working and nobody knows why. Here, we combine theory and practice. Nothing is working and nobody knows why.

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