[Haskell-cafe] PhD at age 45?
achudnov at gmail.com
Tue Dec 3 23:40:33 UTC 2013
On 12/03/2013 05:26 PM, Dennis Raddle wrote:
> All replies have been helpful. I realize my question is vague, and
> that's partly because I don't know what area within CS interests me. I
> may have to do at least an MS to find out.
What I meant was whether you would like to do research or teach (or
both) -- not a specific area. While you will probably be required to
teach some classes anyway (as a TA, which means grading, supervising
labs and consultations), most of your time in grad school pursuing a PhD
would be spent on research. That's because producing novel and relevant
research results is an absolute requirement for getting a PhD (while
teaching a lot of classes, on the other hand, is not). In pursuing a PhD
it would help if you enjoy (or at least can tolerate) the very process
of research and feel passionate about your research topic. Otherwise,
you might be in for quite a few miserable years.
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