So, the option of a PhD seems to be a good one in many ways. If I want to get back into being an academic, its vital to have one of 'em. And if I dont, well, its not time wasted, its something of value that might even contribute to the well of knowledge....who knows?
So here are the reasons I can think of NOT to do one:
- Isolation. Immeasurable hours of solo researching, reading, writing.
- Stipend pretty pathetic, really.
- Three year target for completion impossible
- Another slab of my life within the institution (and not in the real world ?)
- The pain of completion....having seen someone I love go through this, im not so sure I would wish this on myself.
And on the positive side:
- The luxury of time to read, consider, write in an area of interest.
- Hey, its money to do the above. And its tax free. And my time would be (largely) self directed.
- I could construct ways of trying to keep the scope bounded, limit the topic, early.
- A PhD provides a direction, a sense of purpose and it has some value. Not exactly sure if it will make me more, or less empolyable in a professional sense, but the opportunity to reflect on and maybe even refigure the 'real world' is a fine thing.
- All things worth doing have a certain amount of pain attached, certainly at the 'delivery end. (Note not so subtle analogy with childbirth...haha!)