>>1044318 this. Uncle worked at microsoft before it had 30 employees. Cashed out his stock in the 90s but still did pretty well. He lost a couple million through a Christian ponzi scheme though, and the rest of his money is in gold bars buried on his ranch in Montana. Equity: ~$0m
>>1045448 >Work 20+hrs per week during undergrad >Work full-time and 2 casual jobs during masters >Same again for PhD before dropping out after 2.5 years because why finish when I have 3 jobs? Am I fucking stupid? >Masters paid for by employer >PhD's free in Australia $225k in bank $55k in managed funds $4-$12k per month salary after tax Varies so fucking much but evens out to around $110k per year No debt
>>1045497 what was your phd in? i'm also at the 2.5 year mark and thinking of dropping out. shit adviser and mismanaged lab ensure that since i started almost all my time has been committed to trouble shooting and zero publishable research being conducted.
>>1045508 Try to wriggle into a job before you drop out. It sounded much more attractive when I told people I was a PhD student. Now I'm a PhD drop-out which rightly conveys I am lazy, not driven enough, don't have the patience etc. A lot of the work I have received was when I mentioned I was a PhD student and people would be impressed, think it was some mega-achievement to simply get into the program etc.
Heck even if you decide you want to drop out, just hang on, switch to part-time if allowed, defer or take time off without dropping out - anything you can do to drag it out like most other 'smart' people do who know they'll never finish. That way you can still introduce yourself as a PhD student for years to come.
When I started meeting PhD students who were 'students' for going on 6 years with no sign of finishing, I noped the hell out. It was like taking the ball and chain off my ankle.
>>1045521 i looked for work 6 months back but haven't had much luck in getting anything better than bottom tier positions that i would have qualified for as a fresh undergrad graduate. granted that i didn't list myself as a phd student but rather said that i worked in a university lab and i looked for full time work. the lab is an experimental lab and i applied for field service engineer positions that required 0-1 years of experience working with similar equipment that we had in the lab and they tried to stick me into internships that paid less than half of the full time position.
when i joined i had full intention of working my ass off and finishing in 4 years flat. it soon became apparent that won't happen when my adviser revealed that we are broke and i realized that all the equipment is at the end of it's life cycle and needs to be constantly fixed. he has got a few grants since but shit constantly breaks and he's too cheap to hire a technician to unfuck things for a longer period of time.
i thought about just grinding it out but i have developed such a dislike towards both the lab and the adviser that i'm not longer sure if i'm capable of doing it.
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