10 Questions To Think About Before Starting That PhD

Getting a PhD is not a decision to take lightly.  Having been a full-time student for three and a half years now, I wanted to share some of the questions I think you need to ask yourself before you apply and begin in order to be set up for success. If you can successfully answer all of these questions, then maybe a doctorate is right for you.  These questions \ apply to most PhDs, however I want to acknowledge that I am coming from a higher education doctorate perspective.  Some of them may make more or less sense given your field.  Take a look at the following slide deck (below) and see if you can answer these questions for yourself.

  1. What do you want to do with it?  Do you need this degree to get what you want?
  2. How much time has passed since your last degree?  Have you gained practical experience?
  3. Are there big life transitions ahead?  Are you in a good stage in your life?
  4. What type of program do you want?  Practice?  Research?  Professional?
  5. Full time or part-time?
  6. Do you have the time to dedicate?
  7. Have you honed you student skills?  Writing?  Studying?  Time management?
  8. What about cost?  Can you pay for it?
  9. Are you doing it for the right reasons?  Not just for status?
  10. Are you ready?

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