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post #46 of 175
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Cons: You spend many years of your life earning a Ph.D. During that time you are going into debt, or at minimum you are taking on a lot of opportunity costs, since you're not actively building up your savings. You do all this to make yourself eligible for a job that pays very little. And the likelihood of your actually getting one of these jobs is becoming increasingly slim. There are a lot of people in academia who really, really dislike teaching. There are others who like teaching, but really hate publishing. Those are two completely different skills, but you have to do a lot of both, and you have to do both at least reasonably well.
Pros: You get to read books and write books for a living. Presumably, these are books about things that you're very interested in. Moreover, you have a fair bit of flexibility in setting your work hours. I work about 70-80 hours per week, but I decide for the most part which hours those are. That's not a bad life. (I'll add this too: I say I work 70-80 hours a week, but honestly, I don't think of what I do as work. When I was young, I worked 10-12 hour shifts in a factory. That's work. Nowadays I love what I'm doing too much to think of it as work.)

Did you go straight from undergrad>Masters>Doctorate, undergrad>job>doctorate, or another way?
post #47 of 175
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Originally Posted by Spaceman Spiff View Post

Did you go straight from undergrad>Masters>Doctorate, undergrad>job>doctorate, or another way?

Undergrad straight to Ph.D. (In other words, I didn't go to an M.A. program between undergrad and Ph.D.) I am in philosophy, so going straight from undergrad to grad school was the natural way to do it.
post #48 of 175
Interesting. It seems like it varies field to field; most people I know in the political science/regional studies field almost all went BA>MA>PhD. It's the route I'm following, I just hope it pays off (not literally).
post #49 of 175
Wish I had gone into the oil business. Maybe as a geologist or the like.
post #50 of 175
I would have become an eye doctor. They make pretty good money and they probably don't sit around at home every night thinking "gee, I wonder what I'm going to do about odoreater's eyes, that sure is a pickle."
post #51 of 175
detective, hunting down bad guys
post #52 of 175
I've always wanted to get into architecture and urban design, but the market for it has been shite and there is no recovery in sight. Articles such as this

http://www.workopolis.com/content/advice/article/2686-10-degrees-that-earn-high-starting-salaries-and-10-that-won-t-get-you-hired-at-all
(Architect ranked lower than Latin, Theology and Puppetry... even to be placed amongst the other 9 is a bit insulting)

and this

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/garden/21architects.html

don't help the cause.

Maybe someday, but not today. But the training for that would be rather intense and rigid, so unless I somehow acquired a large amount of wealth I don't forsee myself spending 3 years in school for design training any time in my life.
post #53 of 175
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Originally Posted by tropics View Post

detective, hunting down bad guys

I often think I would be a good homicide detective, but I would have to spend a few years as a regular cop writing tickets and busting potheads and I just couldn't do it. Plus I like making money too much.
post #54 of 175
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I often think I would be a good homicide detective, but I would have to spend a few years as a regular cop writing tickets and busting potheads and I just couldn't do it. Plus I like making money too much.

i've been watching the wire too
post #55 of 175

I have worked in IT and Software since the mid 80's.  I think I would have loved to get into commerical aviation as a pilot.  It's too late for that now but as a hobby it might still happen. 
 

post #56 of 175
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I often think I would be a good homicide detective, but I would have to spend a few years as a regular cop writing tickets and busting potheads and I just couldn't do it. Plus I like making money too much.

dude you read my mind
post #57 of 175
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Plus I like making money too much.

Then forget homicide, you need to become a narco. You can make a ton of money on the side selling the drugs you recover off the street.
post #58 of 175
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Originally Posted by Spaceman Spiff View Post

Interesting. It seems like it varies field to field; most people I know in the political science/regional studies field almost all went BA>MA>PhD. It's the route I'm following, I just hope it pays off (not literally).

Most political science majors I know do something completely unrelated to political science... it seems a lot of us end up working in real estate in some manner or another (no idea why).

As for myself- don't really know what career I would've pursued, maybe something design related..... anyway, I'll add to the tally of "not law" people.
post #59 of 175
as personal interest i would have liked to study architecture (though i dont have the aptitude to become a good practicing one)

no other career that interests me that would have worked out as well as mine does now

for a left field answer i'd like to run a small farm (& f-t-t eatery) , a barbecue joint , or work in carpentry. i.e. a trade
post #60 of 175
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Geology or Petroleum Engineering

Yeah. Working in Texas and being from the Northeast, I never realized how stable oil and gas is. I went to law school, studied economics at a lib arts college undergrad.

I have extremely mixed feelings about law school. I think I've actually suffered careerwise in a way I never would have if I just had my BA from a well respected lib arts college, although it has worked out in the long run.

My dad was a chemical engineer undergrad (with a law degree) and he pushed me to pursue engineering, but I resisted. I had a vague idea I waned to be in finance or law...it's an overcrowded arena. I should have been a mediocre engineering student so at least I had some hard skills to fall back on. I know it's sort of cliche these days- but I do a lot in my every day career that overlaps with computer science/computer engineering, so I am considering what kind of coursework would be helpful.

I suppose those are all thoughts relating to career/money related concerns. If money were no object and I was just in it for pure pleasure: I would have gone to art school. I was actually a good art student in high school and I enjoy painting and drawing a great deal. In a similar vein cooking would be very cool, although I recognize the career of being a chef is not exactly glamarous.

I sometimes regret not joining the military. I came close in law school to joining the air force JAG, but suffice it to say I never followed through. I also think it would have been a great opportunity to go to one of the service acadamies. Again- at 18 I had some vague idea of what I wanted to do and I think I was intimidated by the idea of such a structured life. I think I would have actually thrived and I am envious of the life long comradarie guys and gals who went to those schools have.

Writing is still something I think about. I imagine there are literally millions of wannabe John Grisham attorneys out there, but I do think it would be an enjoyable endevour, even if I was not commercially successful.
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