7 Advantages PhDs Have Over Other Job Candidates

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Written by Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.

“Big companies don’t want to hire PhDs because they’re overqualified and too independent.”

This is what a career counselor told a room full of students my third year of graduate school. It was 7pm in the evening and we all had to show up to a late night seminar series that the University was holding for graduate students. Okay, we didn’t have to show up but it was strongly encouraged. So I signed up.

The first night was about business ethics, which basically amounted to the guy saying don’t launder money and don’t steal office supplies. The second night was on alternative PhD careers but the guy giving the seminar was a professor with no industry experience so I stop listening before he started. Tonight we were talking about interviewing for industry positions and getting hired. The lady giving the seminar was a career counselor with 10 years of experience in counseling graduate students. At least that’s what she said. She didn’t have any real industry experience either. She worked as a journal editor briefly but that was it. I had my laptop open and was finishing a figure for a paper when she said it–big companies don’t want to hire PhDs because…

I looked up. Wait, what?

I had recently made the decision to go into industry. I was 100% sure I wanted out of academia, though I was too afraid to tell my advisor about it. I didn’t understand. Why would companies not want to hire PhDs? I went home that night feeling like I had wasted the last three years. What was I doing? Why was I getting a degree that wasn’t going to take me anywhere in my career? I had heard similar things from other students and postdocs who weren’t able to get industry jobs after getting their PhDs but I never took them seriously. Until now.

The next day I started reading everything I could online about whether or not getting a PhD was worth it. I read thread after thread of horror stories written by unemployed PhDs and PhD dropouts. They all said that graduate school was a dead end and ruined their lives. That’s when I started thinking about dropping out myself. Why would I stay in a program that was going to make me a worse job candidate? But I was too far in. I didn’t want to give up. But I did. I couldn’t decide.

In the end I decided to stay in school and to just omit my PhD on my resume and put a Masters instead. After all, someone online said it was easier to get a job with an MS than a PhD so it must be true. Right?

The Dead End Is In Your Head

One person (who had no industry experience) telling me that big companies didn’t want to hire PhDs made me question my degree and my self-worth. Don’t let this happen to you.

The idea that getting a PhD is going to hurt your chances of getting an industry job is a misconception. In fact, most PhDs go on to get jobs in industry and most get paid more than non-PhDs in the same position. The only way a PhD will hold you back from getting an industry job is if you use it as an excuse.

Don’t use your PhD as an excuse, use it as a lever. PhD-qualified professionals are in high demand. The problem is that very few PhDs know how to leverage their PhD. Most of them just expect that world to be given to them on a sliver platter. They think that Pfizer, GSK, or Baxter is going to come chase them down and say please work for us. When they realize this isn’t going to happen, they call it quits and blame the system or the job market or the fact that big companies don’t want to hire PhDs.

Of course if you get online and search why a getting a PhD is a mistake you’re going to find a thousand unemployed PhDs blaming their failure on the system. You’re not going to find the thousands of employed PhDs who are happily employed in industry and making great money because they’re busy being productive.

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7 Career Advantages PhDs Have Outside Of Academia

Having a PhD is a significant advantage. Don’t let others confuse you. PhDs get paid higher than non-PhDs and are in high demand. Trained professionals who know how to create information, not just repackage it, are desperately needed. Entrepreneurship and innovation are at an all time high. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2018 there won’t be enough scientists in the world. These trends will continue as the economy continues to favor innovation.

If you have a PhD or are on your way to having one and you’re reading this, the future is yours. The only thing that can hold you back is yourself—by choosing to be one dimensional and choosing to ignore the less objective soft skills that will complement your PhD and make you a magnet for industry success. A PhD offers you great advantages over other job candidates and over the population in general.

1. They know how to find answers.

The top three desired skills for every industry position are critical thinking, complex problem solving, and correct decision-making. In other words, you have to be able to identify problems, find the right problem, and then find the right answer to that problem. Guess what?–PhDs excel in all three of these areas.

Never forget the fact that you are a researcher. You are highly trained in identifying problems and finding solutions to those problems. Think of all the uncountable hours, days, week, months, and years (even decades!) you’ve spent trying to find answers to the world’s toughest unknown questions.

You know how to attack questions from every different angle. You know how to follow a lead through 5 academic journal articles, 7 book references, and a plot in a figure that was published 15 years ago just because it helps prove some minute aspect of your overall hypothesis. While most people are skimming nonsense on a message board, you have the research skills needed to dig deeply into Google Scholar and PubMed to find credible information. Employers value this. Make sure they know you have these skills.

2. They don’t fear failure, they learn from it.

Remember when you graduated college at the top of your class and went to graduate school thinking you were going to be a rock star doctor with golden hands who would be able to get world-changing, Nature-worthy data in a few weeks? Yeah, that didn’t last long. You learned pretty quickly that you would have to do some experiments 30 times just to find an answer to the tiniest question and then you’d have to do 30 more experiments to get the right p-value.

You failed over and over and over again, daily, without recognition or a decent paycheck. Yet, you woke up the next morning to do it all over again. Why? Because you knew that each failure would take you closer to getting the one piece data that would bring it all together. You woke up to fail again because failure is the best teacher—failure showed you what to do next.

Do you think most people are like this? No, they’re not. Most people are quitters who would rather do nothing than fail. These people fail once and quit, or succeed and don’t get a pat on the back and quit. You have a major advantage over these people.  

3. They know how to deal with negative bosses.

My academic advisor was brilliant and hardworking and a complete jerk. He would make me feel useless and small and stupid every day that I went into the lab. He’d yell at me, position other students against me, and try to block me from graduating. He even cancelled the congratulatory lab party that was supposed to happen after I defended my thesis.

I never used to talk about it because I thought I was the only one who had to deal with this kind of negative mentorship in graduate school. was wrong. It turns out that hundreds of other PhDs have had very similar experiences. The problem is academics can become professors without any kind of management or interpersonal skills training. As a result, some students get horrible mentors.

During the five years I was in graduate school, there were at least three cases of professors either abusing students or sleeping with them. This is a widespread problem in academia that gets hushed up by Universities with huge teams of lawyers. Here’s my point–if you can deal with this kind of tyranny, you can easily deal with anything that comes your way in industry. Sure, I’ve had bad bosses in industry too but nothing that compares to what I had to deal with in academia.

In industry, you have human resource departments, you have management training programs, you have firm harassment laws, on and on. If you’re in academia now and struggling with a negative mentor, know this—you’ll never have it this bad again and everything you’re going through is preparing you for a better future in industry. 

4. They are comfortable with uncertainty.

If you have a PhD or are getting a PhD, you’ve probably spent years of your life smack in the middle of uncertainty. You have no idea if your next grant is going to be funded. You have no idea if your paper is going to get passed that damn third reviewer and get published. You have no idea when your committee is going to give you the green light to defend your thesis. You don’t even know if the project you’re working on has an answer at all! Everything you’re doing–your life’s work–could be proven untrue at anytime.

As a PhD, you’re not just comfortable with uncertainty, you thrive on it. You know that without uncertainty, discovery would be impossible. Most people don’t get this. Most people want a sure thing and will spend their entire lives choosing unhappiness over uncertainty. Use this to your advantage. Be willing to take risks that other people are not willing to take.

5. They don’t just regurgitate information, they create it.

One of my committee members once told me the difference between leaving graduate school with a Masters degree versus leaving with a PhD. He said that a Masters degree is granted to those who have mastered a field while a PhD is granted to those who have added to a field.

Less than 2% of the population has a PhD. Why? Because adding to a field is hard. Anyone can learn something and then repackage it. Anyone can regurgitate information. That’s easy. It’s so much harder to create information–to bring knowledge into existence for the very first time.

If you have a PhD, you are a creator of information. This is one of your most valuable and most transferable skills. Don’t assume that everyone can create information. Most people can’t even do a book report. You, on the other hand, have spent years creating information and months putting it together into a hundred page story called a thesis just so 5 other people can read it. This kind of innovation and tenacity is uncommon. 

6. They thrive on both competition and collaboration.

One of our consultants was working one-on-one with a PhD candidate who was about to defend her thesis but had no job prospects. She really wanted to transition into industry but felt that it was impossible given her lack of industry experience.

This soon-to-be PhD claimed that the number one reason she was not able to find work was because industry employers thought that she was too independent and wouldn’t be able to work with a team. The consultant asked her if she had put anything on her resume about being team-oriented. No, she said. The consultant asked her if she had studied up on each company’s culture before interviewing. No, she said again. Did she ask any questions during the interview? No. On and on. Things seemed bleak but after a few weeks of working together, she got a job. What happened?

One of the biggest changes the PhD candidate made to her approach was preparing questions that would show the employer she was team-oriented. She asked questions like, “Can you tell me a little about the working environment here—will I be able to work closely with a team?” and “Given your company’s focus on diversity and teamwork, do you think it would be possible, if I’m hired, to schedule short meetings with each department to get to know everyone?”

If you have a PhD, you’ve worked very closely with other students. You’ve had to compete for resources and for publications and you’ve had to share resources and collaborate to get published. No one is more qualified than you to work with a team. Don’t let this hold you back. Position yourself properly, ask the right questions, and get the job you want.

7. They are qualified for any industry position.

Every job is a PhD job. You can never be too qualified for a job. An employer telling you that you’re overqualified for a position is like someone breaking up with you and saying it’s not you it’s me. It is you. They’re turning you down politely and sparing your feelings. The real reason they didn’t want to hire you is your lack of social skills or your inability to present yourself for the position at hand. I’ve sat on hiring committees who have used the excuse of PhDs being overqualified. It’s never true. The real reason is always something else.

Imagine you’re trying to hire the best person to work for you and your company, would you turn down an amazing candidate because he or she is too qualified? No, you wouldn’t. You would snatch them up and let them thrive in that position or you would promote them to another position. Overqualified means wrongly qualified. If you ever get turned down for a job for being overqualified, simply change your approach. Don’t complain about the system being against you. Go back and figure out exactly what the employer is working for. Leverage your PhD and experience towards their interests, not your own. Rewrite your resume, change your interview approach, and position yourself correctly this time.

We recently held an insider webinar series on rebounding from this kind of rejection. Two attendees who were told they were overqualified used the tips in the webinars to reposition themselves. They both reapplied to similar positions at the same companies and were hired. Having a PhD perfectly qualifies you for any industry position. When you strip a PhD down, it’s really just a degree in knowledge. You’re a Doctor of Philosophy after all. Your gift is your ability to acquire knowledge and use it to your advantage. You have the knowledge. Now all you have to do is leverage it.

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Isaiah Hankel Ph.D.

Isaiah Hankel Ph.D.

Isaiah is a Ph.D. in Anatomy & Cell Biology and internationally recognized Fortune 500 consultant. He is an expert in the biotechnology industry and specializes in helping people transition into cutting-edge career tracks.

Isaiah believes that if you feel stuck somewhere in your life right now, you should make a change. Don’t sit still and wait for the world to tell you what to do. Start a new project. Build your own business. Take action. Experimentation is the best teacher.
Isaiah Hankel Ph.D.
  • http://rybicki.wordpress.com/ Ed Rybicki

    Definition of degrees:
    BS – apart from the obvious, it means you can read
    MS – means you understand and can apply some of what you read
    PhD – means you wrote something other people may want to read

    • robert

      dik

      • http://rybicki.wordpress.com/ Ed Rybicki

        “Dik” as in “thick”,in Dutch of Afrikaans, or a misspelling of “dick”? Either way, only marginally comprehensible?

        • Veronique Teerlinck

          rather ‘fat’

    • T Hal

      Hackneyed.

  • MrDax

    Wow, so many misconceptions, I don’t know even where to start. Let me try. While you were doing your PhD thesis other people already have 5 or more years of real life industry experience. You know, job is much more than studying.

    1. They know how to find answers.

    Relatively true, however everyone with MsC also knows how to find answers. I would even say that every normal person in 21 century will know how to find answers. We have so many sources today that finding an answer is definitely not something you need to study for couple of years.

    2. They don’t fear failure, they learn from it.

    This is far from true. Majority of PhD students decided not to go into industry because they are desperately dependent on constant validation from other people i.e. school and professors. The straight A students and academic types usually have tremendous fear of failure, otherwise they would have been entrepreneurs. They are looking for the safest possible jobs. Let’s not kid ourselves.

    3. They know how to deal with negative bosses.

    Yes, by doing everything the boss told them. Look again number 2.

    4. They are comfortable with uncertainty.

    This must be a joke right?

    5. They don’t just regurgitate information, they create it.

    Partially true, although it is questionable what is the quality and real world application of information created.

    6. They thrive on both competition and collaboration.

    True

    7. They are qualified for any industry position.

    Yea right, this makes sense, they studied their scientific micro field for 3-5 years in order to be qualified for any industry position. This absolutely makes sense, except it doesn’t.

    I suppose you are selling something so you have to write these kind of articles.

    • Kirill Mitrofanov

      A lot of logic. I would like to see a comprehensive reply from the author for that comment.

    • B Steel

      The point of this article is for PhDs and PhD candidates to reframe their perspective on their value to industry and recognize their worth. There are obviously many industry employees who operate magnificently without having received a PhD. To give some perspective on my responses to your responses, my PhD work is in biomedical engineering. I am all about taking knowledge and applying it into actionable solutions. Industry makes sense to me, academia makes my soul cry.

      Here are my responses to your (MrDax) responses:

      1. They know how to find answers.

      It is true that we have so many sources available to us to find answers. The craft is to know which sources are valid and trustworthy and then be able to translate “the answer” efficiently into a business-focused results. Again, this does not require a PhD, but this reminds PhDs that the majority of us have mastered this skill. Now, leverage it.

      2. They don’t fear failure, they learn from it.

      “This is far from true. Majority of PhD students decided not to go into industry because they are desperately dependent on constant validation from other people i.e. school and professors. The straight A students and academic types usually have tremendous fear of failure, otherwise they would have been entrepreneurs. They are looking for the safest possible jobs. Let’s not kid ourselves.”

      I don’t argue with your logic. I have witnessed what you’ve described. I just want to point out that there is the minority of us who actually seek to contribute change and solutions to problems in an innovative manner AND recognize that academia is not the forum in which to effect that change. Entrepreneurship and/or industry in many cases is the most effective way to pursue these goals.

      3. They know how to deal with negative bosses.

      “Yes, by doing everything the boss told them. Look again number 2.”

      This may well be true again for the majority. I will tell you that I am not alone in taking my advisor’s advice and placing it into the context of how far removed my advisor is from the actual benchwork and thorough understanding of the literature and subject manner, gleaning any morsel of usefulness from said advice, and then acting based on my own instincts and depth of knowledge/skill. Not *every* PhD and PhD candidate is a mindless drone. There are a lot of us who get bullied into certain things by the dinosaur bureaucracy of academia. Then there are the few of us who work within the system to achieve what we came to, and then move along.

      4. They are comfortable with uncertainty.

      “This must be a joke right?”

      There is a level of lying to ourselves to make us ok with the amount of uncertainty there is. “Comfortable” may be an overqualifier. Maybe more like “comfortably numb” to uncertainty, allowing the successful ones of us to operate in the face of uncertainty and use it to our advantage.

      5. They don’t just regurgitate information, they create it.

      “Partially true, although it is questionable what is the quality and real world application of information created.”

      Again, taken into the context of the article’s point in finding transferrable skills, this is a pep talk. Absolutely, I agree, there should be more focus on adding quality and real world applicability to information created. From an engineer’s perspective, this is just logical since the point is to apply said creation of knowledge to finding a solution to some problem. (Some actual problem, not an invented problem.)

      6. They thrive on both competition and collaboration.

      True

      7. They are qualified for any industry position.

      “Yea right, this makes sense, they studied their scientific micro field for 3-5 years in order to be qualified for any industry position. This absolutely makes sense, except it doesn’t.”

      Eh, I really take issue with this, which is why I wrote a response in the first place. This is a gross generalization about ALL PhDs. There are a large number of us in Engineering and Technology fields that although we are adding information to a “micro field”, we are required to master interdisciplinary concepts to achieve this. Most of the low hanging fruit in a micro field of a field has been discovered. Many of us are expanding knowledge at the interfaces between fields (and micro fields). For example, I have had to master electrical engineering, materials science, chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and computer programming to achieve what I have in the last 3 years.

      “I suppose you are selling something so you have to write these kind of articles.”

      Well… of course! 😉 The trick for us is to consume and glean what useful information we can to create solutions for ourselves without having to sign up for a paid subscription or service. 🙂

      • http://isaiahhankel.com/ Dr. Isaiah Hankel

        Well said Bioesteel. Both your and MrDax’s comments add a lot to this conversation. Thank you both. The point of the article, as you suggested, is to help PhDs reframe their perspective. However, this statement is somewhat incomplete.

        The overall goal of the article is to help PhDs reframe their perspective about the skills they already have and use regularly in their academic work AND help PhDs leverage these skills to get the job that’s right for them.

        The one thing I noted in MrDax’s critical responses is they were somewhat limited in that each point was framed within the context of working in industry versus academia. Again, the goal of the article is to show that PhDs have many key strengths that they utilize regularly in academia but often fail to utilize in other areas of their professional lives.

        For example, where the article says “They don’t fear failure, they learn from it.” This is absolutely true and MrDax’s arguments are absolutely wrong. Consider any PhD working in an academic lab – such a PhD will frequently fail to produce “positive” results during their experiments. They will fail over and over again, but instead of giving up, they continue to tweak their approach until they get a result that leads to another experiment, and then another experiment and so on. If they quit along the way, they will not be granted a PhD. The end.

        This constant failure and the general uncertainty PhDs have to deal with on a regular basis due to the uncertainty of any well-constructed thesis hypothesis are in fact transferable skills – skills that can be “transferred” to other areas of a PhDs professional life and most definitely used to advance a PhDs overall career.

        In addition, the trails that act to develop these skills are unique trials that many people, including MsC degree holders and other job candidates do NOT have to deal with as frequently as PhDs (as an aside, as the article notes, the critical difference between a PhD and a Masters student is that a PhD must master and *add* to a field while a Masters student must only master a field).

        Finally, while in the lab, PhDs are actively creating new information. In many cases, they are discovering brand new information that no one in the existence of humanity has ever discovered. Though the information may be related to an extremely narrow field, it’s still being discovered for the first time. This makes the article’s point “They don’t just regurgitate information, they create it” absolutely right and MrDax, once again, absolutely wrong when he tries to nitpick the assertion.

        Altogether, PhDs are uniquely qualified for any industry position because, once again, a PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy degree is essentially a doctorate in learning. PhDs can learn anything better than almost anyone else. This is a very valuable, if not the most valuable transferable skill in industry.

        Study after study and survey after survey show that hiring managers and recruiters value transferable skills such as leadership skills, the ability to manage people and projects, the ability to problem solve in the face of failure, etc, much more important than they value technical skills. Technical skills can be learned quickly on the job (especially by PhDs) – transferable skills like teamwork and positive communication cannot be learned as quickly.

        In closing, MrDax, thank you again for your feedback. Can I ask if you are in academia or if you yourself are in industry? Do you have a PhD? Are you willing to provide a link to your LinkedIn profile for reference?

        For any PhD reading this, understand that you are valuable. Less than 2% of the population has a PhD and industry hiring managers and recruiters want to hire you for your unique transferable skills. Do not let any negative comments by lifetime academics or naysayers hold you back from pursuing the career that’s right for you.

        • MrDax

          Sorry for replying this late. I have realized only today that you answered to my comment. I admit that my comment was somewhat negative, however I still think it is true.

          I am working in R&D, to be more precise in pharmaceutical industry. I worked for CROs and pharma companies and I meet many PhDs, regularly every day.

          Let me start by saying that they (PhDs) are generally not more qualified than any other student who is coming from the medical background including also biotech, biology, genetics etc… Any 5 year program will do, MSc included.

          PhDs are generally not very good in teamwork and communication, especially when you need to get things done fast and efficiently. They need instructions, constant validation, a lot of training and hand holding. Sorry if this doesn’t sound nice, that is just my opinion. You have to learn to work without someone telling you if you are “good” or “bad”, especially if you plan to lead big teams with people from many different countries, cultures and scientific background. Politics and socials skills are unavoidable. PhDs are good followers, not so good leaders. They can surely learn these skills, but they are not usually taught at the university in a “real life” manner. Life is much more than formal education.

          They usually rely too much on written procedures (SOPs) and are not very flexible and resilient. Working on a useless PhD for years is not a good example of business behaviour. That means simply followed what everybody else did and now when you are stuck, you would just like to jump ship and start working in the industry. That is absolutely fine but don’t expect a special treatment just because you decided to spend few more years (3-8) doing something while others were already working and getting real life experience.

          This doesn’t mean there are no wonderful people who are PhDs and who can contribute tremendously to any area they work in. They are usually happy people who knew from the beginning why they studied in the first place.

          I met wonderful Data managers, Medical Writers, Biostatisticians, Clinical research associates, Project managers, Clinical scientists and many other people working in the health industry and what is a common for them is more freedom than any PhD student can imagine. They felt liberated when they joined the industry. they got their first real salary and first real life assignments.

          I think we are on the same page. I think that many people who are doing PhD find themselves stuck in life in their early 30s and they want to start something else. I am happy if they do so. Everybody wins.

          You are right, my answer is focused more on the industry type of works, because that is what I do. Also, let me tell you that management has to be practiced and not just “learned”. You simply need experience, no matter how hard you studied. But I think we are also here on the same page, you (if this was you) created this site, you wrote the article like the real entrepreneur and that is amazing.

          I would ask any student to try working under pressure in a small biotech company (like me) and report to the supervisory board(s) on the progress of your Phase III clinical trial on which the whole investment of 60M depends. That is a pressure, that is uncertainty. If the drug fails , you lose your job in a month, Been there, done that. Lost my job in 2008 when the whole biotech sector was killed due to economic crisis. You don’t learn that in school.

          Also, I have seen PhD students going to “How to be a CRA” courses and paying up to $5000 to learn “clinical research theory”, GCP and other regulation, what I learn for free many years ago. The fact is, even if you decide not to go to academia after you spent many years working on you PhD, it is still not easy to find a job.

          PhDs are not “uniquely qualified for any industry position” and it’s absurd to say so. Just to give you a few, general management, project management, social skills including communication, regulatory framework and interpretation of the laws, roles and responsibilities, risk management, industry specific metrics and key indicators, conflict resolution techniques, motivation, resilience, industry specific language, culture and many others can’t be learned “a priori”. Unless your field of work and your future job clearly resembles what you exactly did during your PhD you can’t simply say you are qualified for every single job in the world.

          Last but not least, the monetary compensation i.e. money, becomes more and more important as you grow older. Who do you think will have more freedom, someone who saved enough money until their 40s to retire because they already have 20 years of experience and were able to save, or someone who has less than 10 years of experience and was unable to save due to very poor compensation when they were students? Again, I am talking about “opportunity cost”.

          Also, your comment about the “technical skills”… Well sorry to say this but that is the only thing PhDs actually bring. They are SME or subject matter experts in best case. Usually they need years of training to become subject matter experts as not everyone in industry just waits for you to show up and give you an instant promotion just because you have a PhD. Once you leave your university, you realize that everyone is struggling, there are no easy and quick fix solutions, especially in corporate culture.

          So to wrap it up. I am not saying that PhD is a bad thing. I am not saying that PhDs are not smart or hardworking or anything like that.
          However, I am saying that PhD is a form of prolonged formal learning (school) and at some point you have to leave that safe nest and join the harsh competition (life) that everyone else joined earlier. You should have a good reason why you are studying or you may find yourself one day disappointedly googling “How to find a job in….”

          I don’t feel comfortable leaving my LinkedIn profile here, sorry for that, but I am real and I am telling what I think it’s true.

      • MrDax

        Thanks for your answer!

        • PJ

          Mr.Dax, your comment made this article much more useful and realistic!

    • Anti-terrorist

      1. If you think that everyone with a internet connection and a computer can find answer, it makes me think that you are a masters student!!

      2. I don’t know where you learnt from, or which university you come from, when you say the PhD students are dependent!! infact sometimes they have to be controlled for their over creativity.

      3. Doing everything what boss tells again makes you a recent graduate or a masters student, a phd student knows to find the optimum point between the interests.

      4. I don’t where the joke is. A phd student never have certainty of the results, so he searches for the information to get relevant results. Look number 2 and 3.

  • Ayo Olorunfemi

    Wow, as a Ph.D candidate myself in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, I must say I almost gave in, as a matter of fact, I’ve been out of it for a year now but with this article, all I can do is dust my books and get back to school knowing I’m only doing myself a great favour. Bless you for this article, you have made my day

  • OncoNano

    Very useful and got me think about myself a lot. thank you.

  • Ben

    Of coarse overqualified is a valid reason for turning down an applicant. This article stated that PhDs get paid more for the same job. Employers know this, so sometimes they reject a phd because someone with a bachelors or masters could do the job for less money.

  • Dex Marco Guibelondo

    Thank you so much Dr. Hankel 🙂
    Most of the articles in the internet are telling me to not fall into the “publish-or-perish” trap of graduate school, but all the more I want to head on with unparalleled alacrity because of your outstanding discourse on the aforementioned.
    Thank you so much. A portion of my becoming a Doctor in Philosophy soon is attributable to your uplifting and enlightening perspective towards PhD life. God bless you Dr. Hankel 🙂
    It will not be impossible for us to work together soon if I get admitted in my medicinal chemistry or chemical and biomolecular engineering doctorate program. I hope we can establish an amazing biotech-pharmaceutical partnership in no time.
    Hoping for the best!

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