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Updated on Thursday, March 19

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QUESTION: Thoughts on pursuing a PhD in the social science? I got accepted into a couple PhD programs but I know academia is really difficult these days. On the flip side Iv'e seen a lot of think tanks want PhD employees? Thoughts?

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  1. It can't hurt. Just by having a PhD you will be considered for jobs before anyone who doesn't

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    1. Not true...there are many jobs with great salary and benefits that anyone with a Bachelors in the field can apply for. People applying with a PhD can (and many times are) considered to be overqualified

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    2. The whole overqualified thing is just a bullshit excuse they use to tell you they don't like you.

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    3. No it is not.

      Imagine if you were an employer. This job requires the knowledge and mindset of someone with a bachelors. Would you hire someone with a PhD knowing that if something better comes along, that candidate is out in a hurry. Then you're training a whole new candidate at square 1. Also...people don't like hiring others with higher qualifications than them because a sense of entitlement may follow.

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  2. This book was an amazing read. (It's a CS PhD's memoir, but you may find some things generally applicable to all disciplines)
    http://www.pgbovine.net/PhD-memoir.htm

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