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PhD an Escape from Reality

Category : Academic
Date : August 3, 2016

There are very few graduates who are clear about their vision, when getting into a Ph.D. programme. Most of the ones who do so, actually enrol themselves without any clarity of why they want to do the course in the first place. It is a more like a medium of escaping from reality, than anything else.

It is not easy to discover your own strengths, know your weaknesses, and acknowledge them to find your passion. A lot of people, most often struggle with setting their lives, and career goals. Because of this, it becomes difficult to take responsibility of their own decisions. In the confusion and non-clarity of thoughts, lot of people just keep moving ahead from one degree to another. Compiling graduate and post graduate degrees is a harbour for the ones who don’t know what the best choice is for them, as by the social norm it is not acceptable to be without a job for long. Being in the university for a long time is an escaping drug that helps to run away from the realities of life. But, is it a wise choice to make?

It may not be because doing a Ph.D. as a means to escape is not a solution to the problem as eventually after the grill of so many years in getting the doctoral degree you wouldn’t know what you are good for. You would again be standing at crossroads, looking for solution to the problem. It would be more harsh to your psychologically, and drain you out to the extent of having no inclination, and energy in trying to find the calling of your life.

It is a path less taken but surely the right one, to find your own route. Whether it lies in a doctoral degree or no, is to be sure of. It is incorrect and wishful thinking that success would touch your feet if you have a Ph.D. degree with you. There would be many Ph.D.’s you would be able to see around you wandering aimlessly in different industries, trying to get a hold of their life, and on the contrary, people with lesser degrees but in a field of their passion, achieving glory and flying high on the ladder of success. Without self-realisation, and understanding of your objective, you would still see yourself standing at the same place, not knowing where to go.

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