10 reasons for doing a PhD?
Here are 10 benefits of doing a PhD.
𝟏. 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞: You will likely travel to another country or city for your PhD. During your PhD, you will also travel to different countries for conferences, workshops, research visits, and field trips. All of this will get you a lot of exposure. You will learn and experience many interesting things.
𝟐. 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡: One undeniable benefit of PhD is that it will boost your career. This is especially true for academics. Other than this, PhD qualification is also required to work in advanced positions in industry and government agencies.
𝟑. 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬: You will develop deep technical skills in your field. For example, you will learn the implementation of ML/DL systems if your PhD is focused on AI. These deep technical skills will make you stand out among your competitors.
𝟒. 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐟𝐭 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬: PhD will enrich your personality with several soft skills such as presentation, communication, collaboration, networking, critical thinking, and so on. You will often practice these during your PhD.
𝟓. 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤: You will interact with several individuals during your PhD. These interactions will happen in multiple places – conferences, workshops, seminars, and so on. This network will open doors for future opportunities.
𝟔. 𝐊𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: You will contribute to the body of knowledge in your field. This will get you a strong feeling of accomplishment. Your findings may have a direct impact on the well-being of people.
𝟕. 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞: Your PhD journey will test you in many ways – paper rejections, criticisms, financial hardships, and so on. All of this will make you resilient. Eventually, you will be unbreakable in front of many such challenges.
𝟖. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐫: You will become a problem solver. Since most of the PhD is about identifying and solving complex problems, your mind will get trained for it. Then, this mindset can help you solve many non-research problems too.
𝟗. 𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧: Most PhD students have scholarships covering their tuition fees and living expenses. In return, you work on things you are passionate about and learn many skills.
𝟏𝟎. 𝐆𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞 ‘𝐃𝐫’: If you are interested in titles, PhD will get you that too. You can call yourself ‘Dr.’ after successfully completing your PhD :).
Writer: Faheem Ullah
Computer Science, Australia