So you think you want to do a PhD…?

You have a bright idea for a research project. You have made contact with a number of academics who could potentially supervise your work. You have investigated sources of funding. You have looked into the processes for all the applications. You have collated all the documents and information that you need. You are now about to take your first big step and submit your applications.

While you wait for the outcomes of these applications, and before you make the final decision to embark on a PhD, you may want to read the following articles and learn a little bit more about the risks and potential costs of going down the PhD pathway. [Think of this as a ‘consumer warning label’ before you purchase the very costly (in time, finances and health) product of a Ph.D. education/experience.]

This is, sadly, one of the best snapshot of the current state of the higher-education sector in English-speaking countries that I have read in recent times. For a critical (damning?) evaluation of the contemporary university in Australia (UK and USA), read this. The state of the academic job-market has given birth to a series of articles, collectively known as “quit lit”, written by discouraged aspiring-academics:

Rather than to discourage you, the information on this page is provided in the spirit of helping you make an informed decision. A caveat emptor if you will.

If you do decide to sign up onto a doctoral programme, here are some handy tips for your PhD experience: