If a PhD doesn’t go into research or industry in his or her chosen field or specialty, what is he or she actually more qualified than college graduates to do?
Vijay Chidambaram has an excellent answer to this. Here’s one more bit most people fail to consider fully:
Not as in which party, etc, but how (often) massive, slow moving organizations get things done.
How to get resources allocated – particularly creative endeavor for those in Liberal arts and Sciences not tied to a popular direct revenue project (i.e. biomarkers in cotton oil).
How to get buy-in from disparate entities so you can get your work done.
And the patience to endure in the face of what may seem to be abject stupidity. (real case, why is the English department budget allocating funds for the football program???)
A successful PhD, particularly in a not hot field, will have had to learn how to navigate University politics where tenured faculty and administrators protect their fiefdoms with medieval fury.
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