So, the last few posts that I put on this blog were related to why you shouldn’t do a PhD. In spite of that reading I have decided to do just that.
My decision was based on feeling that a PhD was unfinished business. There are plenty of difficulties in the academic world, and these were the focus of those previous posts. However, I felt that regardless of how tough the academic world is, a PhD was something I had to undertake.
I have currently just started the second semester of my Social Science Research Methods MSc (that’ll be masters degree number 3), and it’s going really well. I have been fortunate enough to gain Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for a 1+3 programme which means that I will be fully funded for my MSc training year and my PhD research.
I’m feeling lucky to be where I am at the minute and it feels great to be in a community of people who value the same things as me and are interested in having conversation and debate around important areas.
I intend to follow up on this post with more info about my studies and my research as it begins to take shape. Watch this space!
Academics Anonymous: so many PhD students, so few jobs
The Guardian. 2014. Academics Anonymous: so many PhD students, so few jobs. The Guardian. 23 May 2014. [Online] Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/may/23/so-many-phd-students-so-few-jobs [Accessed: 6 June 2014]
“[T]ruth is not by nature free … its production is thoroughly imbued with relations of power. The confession is an example of this.
[The has been] [a]n immense labor to which the West has submitted generations in order to produce … men’s subjection: their constitution as subjects in both sense of the word.”
Foucault, M. 1978. The History of Sexuality – Volume 1: An Introduction. New York: Vintage Books
How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang
Afonso, A. 2013. How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang. The Impact of Social Sciences [Online]. 11 December 2013. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2013/12/11/how-academia-resembles-a-drug-gang/ [Accessed: 6 June 2014].
Why Doing a PhD is Often a Waste of Time
The Economist. 2010. Why Doing a PhD is Often a Waste of Time. The Economist. 16 December 2010. [Online] Available at: http://www.economist.com/node/17723223 [Accessed: 6 June 2014]