Thursday, March 12, 2015

Survey Results

Many thanks to everyone who completed the survey on life beyond the doctorate. I had such amazing responses and there is a massive breadth of careers that people have gone on to that is wonderfully inspiring.

I will compile the advice from those who moved into non-academic careers in a future blog post, but for now I want to share the break down of the survey results.

I think the most important thing that current PhD's can get from this is that there is such an immense scope for employment beyond academia. And even more than that, it should help to negate the concept that to leave academia is to 'sell-out'. The survey shows that loads of people leave academia for a number of reasons, and financial motivation is not the top reason! The majority of people leave because of the competitive and saturated market for jobs and also because academia just wasn't right for them - and there is absolutely no shame in that!

Take solace in the paths that others have taken before you, and don't think about what others may say when you choose your career path after the doctorate!


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