PhD now or later
April 22, 2010 4:09 AM Subscribe
Is there an 'expiry date' on your studies when it comes to being admitted to a PhD? I'm thinking of working for a while first.
posted by moorooka to education (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Finishing off a masters in economics/finance, with a double bachelors in mathematics and political science. I've been a broke student at university forever. And I've kind of become disillusioned with academia and less interested in spending my life in it.
I do want to get a PhD one day if a good uni lets me in, and I think I'll have a reasonable shot at that. But is it worth it to wait a few years and do some "real world" learning first? Plus, having some savings put away would be a good cushion for living on a PhD student's salary (not to mention the fact that my partner and I are going to be pushing thirty soon, and, you know....)
Say I were admitted to a fancy grad school tomorrow, but I pass the opportunity to go and work for say, five years... after that time, would I be more, less or just as likely to be admitted again? Do grad schools prefer "fresh" grads?