I never planned to do a PhD at a young age. Well...not until after I did my Master that I found I love London so much that I wanted to stay and study more until the end. And since I thought it could do good if I could have the option of teaching and consulting one day what with a research degree. So I decided to proceed with it.
But then I got a bit of a culture shocked.
I knew doing a PhD can be hard but I didn't knew it was that hard. It's nothing like an undergraduate nor like a master degree. Nothing like it even for a bit. The working hours is like having a job. 8 hours in the office, 7 days a week and no summer holidays. Sometimes if you want more you need to do more. And PhD varies depends on the individual. I can't say any PhD is the same because each of it is unique in it's own way based on the unique individual.
But what makes a PhD different from a job it that it's your own research where the outcome is what you gave your time in. And because you have a time frame, you must have something you've gained that you can show and then put it in writing where you can published the work. Something of your own. Something that no one have done it in this world. It's creativity, hard work and thinking skills all in one.
I've done mine for 2 years now and I found that it's not just a degree that you're going for. It is more than that. It's a discipline camp. Learning to find your own motivations and managing your own time and life to achieved something. This, in a long run will benefits you in your own life and career. Because no one will tell you what to do and what work to execute. No timetable, no job description and moreover nobody have done the work that you wanted to do in the first place. Just deadlines, supervisor and something that you believe in that can bring a good the world.
Though a PhD can sounds like a thing that not all can do here's how you can find out if it suit you or not. And it can also help for those who wants to do a PhD later in life.
1. To have a research experiences like becoming a research associate or doing a master degree by
research for 2 years. Trust me this one really help a lot in the future. It's worth the effort.
2. To have a great working experiences where while working, you found out that something is missing
and you decided that it's a research worth doing for.
3. To really love what you want to do or really love your research.
4. To know a really great supervisor that you can work with.
5. And to really be well prepared and know that you want a PhD, not just living overseas.
My dad always says that if you want to do something or you want to go on a journey. It is always best to be well prepared and well planned. Because throughout the journey you can learn something, make mistakes and corrected it based on your plan.
So that not only you can win the battle but also win the war.