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Lecture 2 PhD Goals and Criteria
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates 

2.1. What is PhD?

A PhD is the highest academic degree one can attain in their field of study. It is awarded after the completion of original research that makes a significant contribution to the existing body of knowledge in the chosen field. By earning a PhD, one becomes the leading expert in their field, surpassing even their supervisor in terms of knowledge and experience. The journey to a PhD is often referred to as a marathon, not a sprint, as it is the culmination of a lifetime of study and dedication to a particular area of study. The work one produces during their PhD studies is what they will be remembered for, as it will have a lasting impact on their field of study. For many people, pursuing a PhD helps to avoid major life decisions as it provides a clear path towards a specific career goal.

2.2. Why should one get a PhD?

Getting a PhD can be a valuable and rewarding experience for several reasons. Firstly, if you have a passion for research and a strong interest in a particular field, a PhD can help you become a leading expert in that field. Secondly, a PhD allows you to put your studies into practice and make a tangible contribution to your field of study. Thirdly, the process of pursuing a PhD can be an enriching learning experience, as you will have the opportunity to learn with and from engaged peers who share your passion for research. Fourthly, a PhD can boost and broaden your career opportunities, helping you reach your full potential and challenge yourself in new and meaningful ways. Fifthly, a PhD can have a transformative impact on your life by helping you develop important skills and capabilities, learn better ways to make life decisions, and gain a deeper understanding of the world. Ultimately, pursuing a PhD can be a rewarding and meaningful journey that can have a positive impact on your life and career.

You may consider getting a PhD if you have a strong passion for your field of study and you believe that a research degree will help you further pursue your passion. It's important to assess whether the subject is something you are truly passionate about, as a PhD requires a significant investment of time and effort. Additionally, you should consider whether you are ready for more university and whether you feel prepared to take on the challenge of a PhD program. Ultimately, the decision to pursue a PhD should be based on a combination of one's passion for the subject, your readiness for more university, and your long-term career and life goals.

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