Ask Alex: Getting a Communication Ph.D.:
Should I go for a Ph.D.?
Well, first of all, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably the wrong question. The right question is: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Should I pursue a Ph.D.?Ã¢â‚¬Â and the answer I will always give is Ã¢â‚¬Å“no.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Alex speaks the truth. 99% of the time the answer is no. I tell my students that there is only one ‘yes’ and that is this: “You cannot imagine being who you are without a ph.d.” that is… if there is something about your life’s work, whatever that may be, that will necessitate you to identify yourself as a ph.d. then, you should get one. If there are research questions or topics that you must work on… for instance, you might need to pursue a ph.d. …. but perhaps you don’t.