[Haskell-cafe] PhD at age 45?

KC kc1956 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 3 23:52:00 UTC 2013

Advanced degrees look better the younger you are.

However look at Randy Pausch's last lecture.
Barriers are there to see if you are truly interested and have the passion.
Be aware of the attrition rate of those who start advanced degrees but who
never finish their thesis, I believe.

I knew of one gentleman who was into his 13th year of a PhD and who talked
to me about "them" threatening to cut off his funding.  :D
 On Dec 3, 2013 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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