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5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your PhD

Pao P

According to Collins Dictionary, a PhD is a title awarded to people who have done advanced research in a particular area of study (as an abbreviation for ‘Doctor of Philosophy’). Acquiring your PhD can be taxing, both financially and substantially. 

Usually lasting around 3-5 years depending on your field of study, most students just pass over this self-investment because of those reasons. But what they miss out are opportunities that abound after getting over that post graduate course. 

Here are five reasons why doing your PhD is beneficial to you overall;

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your PhD

  1. It’s invaluable for your career and long-term life goals.

While studying, you may find yourself wondering if it’s worth the effort in the end. With all the expenses that goes along with your PhD program, it can easily be seen that great commitment beforehand should definitely be, it’s not news that a lot of graduates feel discouraged to further pursue this path. They often prefer settling with a Masters or Bachelor’s degree, finding themselves contented with the current state of their career.

Thing is, the benefits of a PhD spans a bigger picture, reflecting throughout your lifetime.First, it makes PhD holders very attractive hires. Your CV becomes more of an eye candy towards possible employers, and because of this, it also makes salary offers substantially more than those of Master’s degree holders (specifically, in a certain study, ranging from 7% to 33%).

This is particularly more obvious for certain programs such as law, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences and finance. Science-oriented courses benefit greatly from this as well, often finding established positions in private firms, especially research and development departments. 

The whole new level achieved in both discipline and commitment in having a doctorate, compared to just a master’s, is usually required in research-intensive jobs.

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your PhD

  1. It allows you to do research and contribute towards your field of study.

For those passionate enough on what they do, this is also a reason to learn MORE about their field of study. A healthy life is a continuous process of learning and re-learning. Conducting your own research gives you a sense of accomplishment as you find future students referencing your significant contribution to your chosen area of focus. 

Having your research recognized as well and your discoveries bear fruit is more than enough reason for some students to pursue a PhD. The demonstration of your intellectual potential is often satisfying, what more if it actually makes a difference.

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your PhD

  1. You will be improving your interpersonal and communication skills.

One of the significant by product of furthering your degree is improved communication skills. 

The most successful grad students vigorously hone their teamwork skills along the way, for without it, getting your research done would be close to impossible. For this reason, you will have no choice but to adapt. Intellectual conversations over all kinds of topics does wonders as the broad knowledge opens up opportunities to speak up your mind a lot more confidently than before.

Conducting and compiling years of research alone is no easy feat, and in this process categorizes PhD holders an entirely new league of elite writers as well. 

The brain itself is a muscle, and continuous exercise provides the same effects. It imprints a vivid muscle memory in your system that is, in this case, writing fluidly and fluently becomes a breeze.

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your PhD

  1. It challenges your knowledge to its limits.

Sometimes at the peak, you wonder, “Is there more to it than this?” 

It can be surprising how a lot of undiscovered potential lies just beneath the surface, and it can all be opened up once you decide to learn once again. This seems natural for most people, and for them taking up the PhD is just a reasonable next step. 

Some also take up PhDs because of their desire to become a professor and teach. This inspiration to mentor others and learn with them is an achievement in itself, and a noble one at that.

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your PhD

  1. You’ll appreciate your subject matter more knowing you stuck with it.

Finally, before you decide that you really want to take your PhD, you must have developed beforehand an extreme liking to your subject. This passion can drive you to your goal, as you live and breathe your field of focus for the next three or four years. 

This self-realization along the way can help you see whether you’re really built for this field or not, and more often, you will find yourself emerging victorious over this intellectual challenge in the end.

Getting your PhD can also be away to mitigate the stagnancy in the routine work one can find yourself stuck into. It opens up doors to different opportunities, like wearing a clearer goggles than the foggy one that you’ve been using for a long time. It helps get things perspective, like a refresh on all the things you’ve learned so far.

Knowing that you’ll be depending on your specialization for the rest of your career, it’s a healthy practice to know that your optimized and geared up the best way possible for all obstacles you’ll need to overcome. As they always say, nothing pays off better than doing a job that you love.


By Pao P
Works as Customer Service Representative/Technical at Sykes Asia Inc.