[Haskell-cafe] PhD at age 45?

Jason Dagit dagitj at gmail.com
Tue Dec 3 19:54:20 UTC 2013

"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we
didn't..." -- Erica Jong

As I understand it, the reasons to get a PhD don't have much to do with
getting a promotion or changing jobs. It's more about following a passion,
doing something for yourself, and apprenticing in an area of research. I'm
sure it varies from person to person.

At any rate, I don't think I can give you an answer. At the company I work
at we're always on the look out for folks with PhDs and I don't think we
care about age. We do care a lot about other things though, such as
expertise and presentation skills.

I hope that helps,

On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM, Dennis Raddle <dennis.raddle at gmail.com>wrote:

> A more specific question than my last post. I guess I'm wondering if it's
> a good idea to begin a PhD in CS at age 45 (currently having a BS in CS).
> My goal is to obtain work that interests me, work that really draws on the
> skills one develops in a PhD program. Work in academia is hard to obtain, I
> understand, but I could take an industry job. I'm wondering if I'll just be
> postponing a job with no financial gain afterward and poor prospects for
> work. Or if there is ageism that will work against a guy coming out of
> school at age 52.
> Or, if it will truly lead to an interesting job with good pay.
> Dennis
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