Here are some of the most common reasons for embarking on a PhD:
- I have a diagnosable mental illness.
- I cant get a job.
- I cant face the real world.
- I think it would be cool to have Dr before my name on my credit cards.
- I seek to further my knowledge and contribute to the advancement of science in this, my chosen field.
- I'm too ugly to be a model or an actor or a prostitute.
- I am impressed by the example set by my television role model, and wish to follow in his/her/its footsteps.
- Smart chicks are hot.
- PhD? I was just looking to put my application for the lab tech job, so that I can have a salary and job security and can still wear the funky white coat.
So, if you still want to do a PhD this is a good start:
- Obtaining That Elusive PhD
- Stuff most students never ask about grad school
- The Successful Grad Student
- Choosing a topic
- Managing your supervisor
- The Lord of the Rings: an allegory of the PhD?
- How is the PhD life... (it is also a motivation)
Source: http://www.nigels.com (access date 22-Jun-2005)