If you’ve earned a doctoral degree, you know how to survive. You learned how to live with uncertainty and overcome your fears. What’s next? What’s your next career move? Work in academia? Be an independent researcher? Start a business? Explore a series of new directions? Or maybe you’re thinking about life as an alt-ac.
The process of getting your doctorate is challenging enough: juggling family, work and school, personal time, projects for your courses, finding a good advisor, understanding new information, and learning scholarly writing skills.
But there is a steady undercurrent of challenges that are hidden from view. The hidden social and psychological challenges will impact how you feel, act, respond and survive your doctoral journey. Let’s talk about mental illness.
Looking back, it’s easy to wonder how I survived my PhD journey. Survival is the key word. Working on your doctorate is not like a hobby that’s relaxing and fun. It’s not like a calling or purpose in your life, something that you just have to do. And it’s certainly not a task that you do on a whim or a dare.
When you decide to get a doctorate, it’s one of those things in life that requires what? All of the above? Out of curiosity, I went online to survey other survival strategies for the dissertation process…