What do doctors do when they can't find work?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Ayaan Gaines



What do doctors do when they can't find work?

What do PhD graduates do if they can't find a job?

Here are two possible answers depending on how you interpret the question. The first is that you are looking for a job in the field in which you have studied your PhD. The second is that you can't get a job, literally no job.

The first answer is that the academy can no longer accommodate all the students it produces. Gone are the days when you had a Ph.D. and could move into a university department and start your job for life. Today there is competition based on the ridiculous concept of publish or perish. It is not what you have cont

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What do PhD graduates do if they can't find a job?

Here are two possible answers depending on how you interpret the question. The first is that you are looking for a job in the field in which you have studied your PhD. The second is that you can't get a job, literally no job.

The first answer is that the academy can no longer accommodate all the students it produces. Gone are the days when you had a Ph.D. and could move into a university department and start your job for life. Today there is competition based on the ridiculous concept of publish or perish. It's not what you've contributed, but how many posts you can make based on rehashing things you've already posted.

Apparently they want volume, not quality. But again, they are accountants and have no imagination to understand a subject. They just need to have a scale to measure you and other applicants.

Well, to be brutally honest, the academy is a pit of back-biting snakes and petty power plays, so why would you want to carry a gruesome job like that?

The second part of the first answer refers to the industry. The industry loves the concept of a PhD on their staff, they just won't pay you to be brilliant, you will go to the competition or start a competitive and obviously more technically advanced company and then take the market away from you. After all, you have a PhD in business.

Either way, a Ph.D. puts off a lot of potential employers.

This leaves you with any other job.

Here, it can be difficult because many employers look at you and wonder quietly "why the hell does this person want a job like this?"

They never seem to get to the simple fact that they want a damn job! After studying with a shitty income, we want to go out and earn enough for a decent meal and support a social life. I don't know about anyone else, but I really need to eat sometimes.

So now your PhD is a lead weight sinking you down as you try to swim into the real world. So something that you have appreciated and loved and to be honest fought now has the last laugh and firmly marks you as unemployed.

If you have the attitude that because you have a PhD and you think you are better than everyone else, you have a lot to learn, and no, you are not. Finding any job is difficult, having a PhD and finding a job is even worse. So if you need to work at McD's to have a social life, go for it because it's so much easier to get a job when you already have it. Remember, nothing in this world is below anyone else, not even the most mundane and horrible jobs. A job is a job.

And before I point out the credentials, I do QA tests on steel and I'm very happy in my humble job, it's amazing. And I can eat and have a family. What else do you really want?

Note: (they also pay me to invent things)

The simple answer is to keep looking or go unemployed.

The sad truth is that most doctors have to give up the path they took. I heard that only 1 in 6 PhDs in biology ends up in a research paper and I believe it. There are similar numbers from other fields.

If you do your research, you can probably find some statistics from your field. Senior professors don't like to talk about this reality because it scares new grad students, but the numbers are often there. When you find them, you can better assess your odds. I guess they won't be good.

Once you do that,

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The simple answer is to keep looking or go unemployed.

The sad truth is that most doctors have to give up the path they took. I heard that only 1 in 6 PhDs in biology ends up in a research paper and I believe it. There are similar numbers from other fields.

If you do your research, you can probably find some statistics from your field. Senior professors don't like to talk about this reality because it scares new grad students, but the numbers are often there. When you find them, you can better assess your odds. I guess they won't be good.

Once you do, you should start making the emotional preparations to give up all the work you have done. Your advisor will probably start treating you coldly because, well, they want to blame you for your failure. It may be partially your fault, but it is important to remember that you are in a system where only a fixed number of people can be successful. There is a steep pyramid and no matter how hard you work, you just have to do a good job to get one of the slot machines. But most of the people will not get the slot machines. It is predetermined.

I have found some of the writing on "chilling the mark" to be helpful. Of course, don't let anyone at school know that you are reading these things. You have to keep the public face that you believe in the scam in case a job opens that you like.

"Cooling Down" the Victims of the Graduate School Pyramid System

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