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5 Reasons to Get a PhD

UL Grad School -- 08/03/2017

Getting your Ph.D. is no simple feat, and making the decision to pursue your doctorate can seem daunting, and at times a bit scary. If you’re trying to decide if it’s the right path for you, here’s a few good reasons to get a PhD!

Why should I get a PhD

You can make a difference through research.

Yes, getting your Ph.D. is a lot of work that includes countless hours of research and sacrifice of life’s normalities. (And then it feels like there’s still hundreds of hours of research on top of that.) But it’s what you do with all of that research that makes it worthwhile. Whether you’re pursuing a research PhD degree in Biology, Mathematics, Francophone Studies, Systems Engineering, or any other field, you can make an impact on the world through the work that you do. You can research cures for cancer, new methods of teaching English to elementary school students, better ways to manage utilities during disaster events, or even discover a new species of marine life. So, if you want to impact the world in some way, no matter how big or small, getting your Ph.D. may be a good place to start.  

You can become an expert in the field.

Earning your Ph.D. means that you have a profound level knowledge in your chosen field. If you’re extremely passionate about a particular subject and want to exponentially expand your understanding of that topic through research, then earning a Ph.D. is the right path for you. 

You can broaden your career opportunities.

It’s no secret that today’s job market is quite competitive. With more and more students earning Bachelor's and even Master’s degrees, earning your Ph.D. will set yourself apart from the pack.

You can increase your salary potential.

While earning a Ph.D. may require financial sacrifice, depending upon the availability of fellowships and assistantships as well as the field you decide to pursue, the opportunity for a higher salary in the long run can make the investment worth it.

You can accept the opportunity and the challenge.

Of course working toward a PhD. takes a great effort, dedication, and resilience. It is an intense mental, physical, emotional, and financial challenge that isn’t meant for everyone. The experience and the outcome of earning your doctorate is rewarding in many ways, however. So if you enjoy a challenge, looking for a greater purpose, and like research, earning your doctorate is something you should consider.

Deciding to go for a PhD is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but you now have some additional food for thought.

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Best of luck!