Now that I have officially withdrawn from my PhD, I am left wondering what I should do next for professional development and career progression.
Once more to the breach?
On the one hand, I am tempted to start again with my PhD and enroll into another program, maybe a doctorate ...but this time making sure I am fully supported and am completely happy with my topic and methodology. Or maybe I could do a PhD by publication.
I am conscious that at my age, time is running out and I do feel the PhD is unfinished business. I am concerned that my professional credibility will suffer if I do not have a PhD. Even people like Leigh Blackall, who always said he wouldn't do it has changed his mind.
Is a PhD necessary for my career?
At the same time, my career direction has changed over the last few years. I am not planning on being a professor, but am moving into more short term project and consultation work. At the same time, I am keeping a foot in the academic camp. So I am wondering if a Master of Education might be a better fit with my new job as educational facilitator/programmer. On the other hand, I already have a MA (Midwifery) so what's the point in having another Masters degree.
I would love to hear your thoughts - how necessary is a PhD? What might better fit my context? Any suggestions on what I should do next?
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