Should you get a master’s degree or should you go on to get your PhD? If you’re considering getting even more education, be aware of some of these misguided assumptions surrounding the elusive PhD.
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I will be getting my PhD in about 6 months, and I am trying to decide if I should get a postdoc position, or apply straight to faculty positions. I have been in school for so long that the idea of moving again, taking a one year position, and a terrible salary is almost more than I can bear. At the same time, I want to be sure that I am setting myself up for a strong career in academia. Would you suggest that I suck it up and take a postdoc?
Dr. René M. Paulson is currently director of statistical consulting for Texas Woman’s University, founder and senior statistician for Elite Research, LLC, and has earned a Ph.D. and Masters degree in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University after obtaining her Bachelors degree from Ohio University...
Dear Postdoc Plateau,
The decision to take a postdoc or full-time faculty position often depends on your progress as a researcher at the end of your graduate studies. Most students will apply to both types of positions because the market for full-time positions is so competitive.
If a student is offered a full-time position that would be a perfect fit immediately following graduate school, it might be disadvantageous not to accept the offer. However. . .