Here is one of the best summaries of how things can go wrong when one chooses to follow the academic path. I got this from Hacker news. The author of this well-written piece came from the industry, and compares the world he knows with what he encountered at the academia.
Things he finds:
- Doing a PhD is lonely
- Your picking the right advisor will determine your happiness level more than anything else
- The way you code within the academic world has nothing to do with the way people code in the
But maybe we already know this.
What I’d like to see is someone writing a similar piece on life after your PhD. I had this silly idea that things would be easier and I’d have more time after my PhD Thesis for… you know, hobbies and other stuff normal people do. Nothing farther from reality.