Is a PhD For Me? What Professionals Can Expect From Doctoral Studies

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Every year professionals embark on PhD studies in the hope of learning more and improving their career prospects. Many end up disappointed when they discover that the PhD is an academic degree and the knowledge it produces is not very useful for addressing the problems that arise in practice. This book helps you to understand what you can expect from PhD studies and to decide, before you enroll. More

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About Judy Backhouse

Judy Backhouse is an author of informative, practical books to help people craft good work lives. She draws on varied experience in academia, professional practice, business, teaching and management to make things simple and accessible.

Judy is a career nomad. She started out training as a Mathematician, but dropped out of a PhD in Mathematics to pursue a career in Information Technology, working first in technical roles, and then in management. She returned to academia as Head of the School of Information Technology at Monash South Africa. More recently she worked in the Department of Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand, including a stint as Head of the School of Economic and Business Sciences. She has also worked in the public sector as the Director responsible for monitoring the South African higher education system and advice to the Minister of Higher Education at the South African Council on Higher Education.

She completed her PhD on doctoral education and for five years convened a PhD program in Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She has processed many PhD applications, interviewed many candidates, taught classes to PhD students, sat on panels to review proposals, listened to tales of woe and triumph from doctoral candidates, examined many PhD theses and attended numerous happy graduations.

Judy lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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About the Series: PhD Paths
PhD Paths addresses some of the common challenges of doctoral education from deciding to do a PhD and choosing a program, to gaining access. There are also titles that will help you to thrive through each stage of the process up to graduation and beyond. Each book is short, around 25 000 words, and focused, so that you can pick up the information that you need, when you need it. They are written in an accessible style to demystify the unwritten rules, expectations and things you need to know.

This series is specifically for people with professional backgrounds. Its for you if you are an engineer, a business person, a manager, a marketer, a teacher, a government official, a medical doctor, an accountant, an IT specialist, a lawyer or a nurse. If you work in an obscure professional niche, it’s probably for you too. A lot of what I have to share is about the relationship between professional practice and academia, because that seems to be where problems arise. It may also help people in the creative arts because the relationship between practice and academia is similarly complex for these people.

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Kenneth reviewed on on March 23, 2019

I found the book to be very insightful. It explains what the PHD is what to expect and most importantly helps you understand whether the PHD is for you
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
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