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To go for PHD or work for the Industry

Ashik Uzzaman
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After finishing higher study, say Masters, how people decide whether he/she should concentrate on PHD or start working for the industry? There is a concensus that people going for PHD, even after coming bak to the industry finishing it, doiesn't posses the drive for the industry.

Ashik

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Mark Herschberg
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You're comparing apples and organes.

If you wnat to do research, whether in academia or in industry, you need a PhD. A PhD isn't simply more classes, it's intensive research to push the boundaries of knowledge. You forcus on a very specific area (e.g. compiler memory optimization, protein folding). After completing the research you typicall stay focused on the same or related problem.

In industry you aren't usually breaking new ground. Instead you are simply using existing technologies and building new products and services.

If you go for a PhD you should then find jobs that make use of it, otherwise you just wasted lots of time and money. Unless the job requires a PhD, it will not get you any extra pay.


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Michael Duffy
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Originally posted by Ashik Uzzaman:
After finishing higher study, say Masters, how people decide whether he/she should concentrate on PHD or start working for the industry? There is a concensus that people going for PHD, even after coming bak to the industry finishing it, doiesn't posses the drive for the industry.

Ashik

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Hi one good news.... tomorrow we will miss 2005 because we will see another increment in year variable like int year=2005; year++;... the problem is we need some supporting code to compile this stuff... so "HAPPY NEW YEAR"


Mark's comments are good. I'd add that the best reason to get a Ph.D. is because it's what you want to do, not because it might move you one rung higher on some company's ladder. It says more about the type of work that you want to do. It's certainly a prerequisite for the academic life. But those jobs are hard to come by and don't pay as well as industry.

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Michael Duffy
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Originally posted by Michael Duffy:


Mark's comments are good. I'd add that the best reason to get a Ph.D. is because it's what you want to do, not because it might move you one rung higher on some company's ladder. It says more about the type of work that you want to do. It's certainly a prerequisite for the academic life. But those jobs are hard to come by and don't pay as well as industry.

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One other thought: do both.

I found that my work experience was a good inspiration for the graduate work that I did. The academic work helped me better understand new things that I could be doing at work. The two reinforced each other.

If you can get your employer to support your efforts, all the better. You get financial support for furthering your education; they get to use your new knowledge as you acquire it.
 
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