how do you tell your adviser you don't want to do research ?
Posted 10 February 2005 - 07:42 PM
for those non-academic PhDs... if such thing exists. how do you tell your adviser that you don't want to do academic research anymore? if he adamantly objects to your career decision, who do you go to for good recommendations?
Posted 11 February 2005 - 07:14 AM
Posted 16 March 2005 - 05:04 PM
maybe i wasn't clear, but i'm finishing my PhD. i'm in my 3rd year... that's a little too much time investment to walk away with a lousy masters which i'll have to explain to every future job interviews. my original point was this...
my adviser is a world-renown scientist in his field... because of his status, i'm assuming he expects all of his students/post-docs to love reserach and go on to a career in research. when i'm ready to graduate in let's say 2-99999 years... what if i don't want to do research anymore? people have told me that it's my life and i shouldn't care what the adviser says... and while there's some truth to this... i'd still need his reference for any fugure jobs, no?
anyone out there who's taken on a non-academic job upon graduation have any relevant story they'd like to share?
Posted 25 March 2005 - 11:07 AM
Since I have graduated, I have had two temporary positions and I am finally in my first full time position. In all of the interviews that I have been in, no one has asked why I only have a masters degree, they have no idea of the choices I made, and frankly it wouldn't matter. I honestly think it would be alot harder to find a job outside of your field (or even within your field) with a Ph.D. than with a Masters. The demand for science Ph.D.s in business just isn't there.
Anyway, best advice is just to sit down with your committee and be honest with them. If you are fraid that your advisor is going to give you a hard time, make sure you break it to them all at once so the rest of them can help form your advisors opinion. I still have great relationships with all of the people that I have worked with and I am very happy with my current occupation and the decisions I have made.
Anyway, I hope at least a part of this helps somewhat.
Edited by MoleculeMan, 25 March 2005 - 11:28 AM.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 01:41 PM
Posted 04 March 2009 - 02:49 PM
As a manager (with a PhD) in a multinational company with substantial R&D needs - I'd not even look at a MS for a PhD position. Like it or not - the presumption is that the masters person didn't have the drive to get a PhD - translated to not having the drive to suceed ion the highly competitive business environment. Many of the PhD 's hired will be "business" managers in 5 years.
The MS will be looked at as an overqualified BS and will start as one - effectivley as a technician. The person could progress up the advancement scale but it will take alot longer and with much lkesser potential than the PhD.
What do you care what your PI says after you graduate? Unles you want to go into a nontechnical career (advertising, etc) invest a little more time now, get the PhD and then do what you want. If you want to go into "business" get a business degree.
Edited by GeorgeWolff, 04 March 2009 - 02:51 PM.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:12 PM
You want to earn more money in a month than just 7 $ an hour!