Pursuing Higher Education
I am interested in pursuing a doctorate. I am currently pursuing my masters in health policy and management but am considering furthering my education. I do not know if pursuing a doctorate with a specialization in health or public policy is right for me however I do not want to stray away from what I am currently pursuing if I do choose to pursue one. What questions do I need to ask myself to really figure out if pursuing a doctorate is right for me? I know that I may want to professionally teach at some point but am unsure if the time and loans I will be investing will be worth it or not. Although there are more full ride opportunities available to cover tuition costs for doctorate programs than there are for masters programs I do not want to spend the rest of my life paying off student debt which is a particularly hard dilemma for millennials now a days. Please help! #july20
Caroline recommends the following next steps:
If your main question is - "Should I pursue a PhD in my field of study?" - then, I would suggest networking and talking to people from your current university or industry who have taken that route and understand what their motivation was in doing so. Ask them the pros vs cons of doing a PhD and doing so immediately after the Master's degree which many people do.
If your main question is - "Do I want to stay in the field I am currently in and study further and teach in the future?" - then, I recommend actually pursuing a career, trying it out for a few years, maybe in more than one company to get a feel for different work cultures and work types. This will give you perspective on what really drives you and what gives you joy within your job function and industry. Maybe you will want to change functions but be in the same industry or maybe you will want to change industries too!
When I was finishing up my Masters degree in Computer Science, I was not sure what exactly what I wanted to do next. I knew a PhD was not for me but after working in the IT industry from 11 years, I realized I wanted to get an MBA and grow in Engineering Management. However, during the program I realized that I am more interested in corporate strategy and product management so switched my job function within the company and team I work for.
Change is the only thing constant and I wish you the best of luck in your journey!
Kishore recommends the following next steps: