This is another of those posts I thought I’d never write but various things have come together to get me thinking about the worth of PhDs, especially the one that I worked like hell to ‘achieve.’
While there was enormous satisfaction in undertaking original research into the social and economic experiences of people with significant physical disabilities in Ireland, I wonder if the fact of having a PhD to one’s name is a drawback when it comes to securing employment.
Huge emphasis is placed on educational qualifications, especially by government, and it is certainly implied that a PhD is like a passport to work. However, the reality seems to be different and a PhD can be perceived as a threat, over-qualification or to quote one potential employer as signifying that one is ‘an academic headcase.’
As I took full advantage of the beautiful weather today and went walking with puppy, Stan, on the magnificent coastal path in Dunmore East, I could only smile about the ‘academic headcase’ bit but decided to seek your opinions about PhDs and the ever-increasing emphasis on educational qualifications.
So is a PhD worth a toss?