what's it like holding a PhD? what kind of hardships do you go through for a postdoc? is it just "research these areas of mathematics and see if you come up with something." or "if you don't find something by the end of this term i'm going to kick you to the curb."? i always hear about people being pressured, but i'm confused. don't you usually go into a postdoc already having a thesis or some papers in an area? or is that uncommon? what's the frequency for publishing theses on average for you guys?
I dunno man, making $25,000+ a year for doing no more than what I love (learning and researching physics), with maybe a little grading on the side, seems like a good deal to me. Absolutely loving grad school.
>tfw loser retard who will never be good enough for a phd
I make more than that as an undergrad with a scholarship at the University of Kyoto :^) All it took was some good test scores and knowing Japanese and they figuratively throw their money at you.
doing a thesis sucks.. you think you are getting paid and that you will revolution science. you wont.
at the end of the first year, you will understand. at the end of the second year, you say ''never again''. at the end of the third, you understand that the writing is a drag and that you should have begun since the first year. you think of quitting.
you do not quit, graduate and then you understand that postdocs are glorified phds and then you have no job if you do not work on a trendy subject,
Good feel, I guess.
I doubt it's a plus for my career, since I don't intend doing a postdoc anymore (don't want to move around too much and write grant proposals). Thankfully I'm a fan of 175 year old German frog-memes and don't care for the 4 years without proper salary. It doesn't hurt on the CV, I suppose.
I had a shitty advisory and my work doesn't stand out in any way, but I personally felt like it being a very comfy sort of job. The time I invested in my personal projects on the side in that time was more than the time I invested when "at work."
I know it's stressful for many, but that wasn't my experience. It's something you do mostly for yourself and I didn't have a big problem with producing something presentable every now and then.
it's ironic that the only people who get thrown money at them are strippers
depends mostly on whether your supervisor is cool or not, and encourages creativity. you could come up with some great ideas, travel the world, meet great people, and make decent coin.
or you could spend 4 years rotting, grading irrelevant material from demoralized students, jumping endless bureaucratic hurdles, ending up in debt, with your ideas stolen.
some professors are full blown psychopath.