What it takes to be a successful doctoral student<br />By: Simon SjogrenIDT 801Dr. Marken<br />Spring 2010<br />
What is a doctorate?<br />According to the Purdue University…<br />“A Doctor of Philosophy degree, abbreviated Ph.D., is the highest academic degree anyone can earn.”<br />To earn a Ph.D. one must accomplish the following:<br />Master a specific subject completely<br />Extend the body of knowledge about that subject.<br />
Capability Assessment<br />Do you have the following?<br /><ul><li>Intelligence
Maturity</li></li></ul><li>Questions to ask<br />Why do you want to get a doctorate?<br />What are your career goals?<br />What is the current job market like?<br />What is doctoral study like compared to previous forms of study?<br />What is it like to work in the field of Instructional Design & Technology?<br />
A Ph.D. is NOT…<br />1. Prestige in itself.<br />2. A guarantee of respect from all of your opinions<br />3. A goal in itself<br />4. A job guarantee<br />5. A way to impress your family/friends<br />6. Something you can “try” for fun<br />7. The only research topic you will ever pursue<br />8. A way to make more money<br />Warnings to consider…<br />
The good news is…<br /><ul><li>You will meet and work with some of the brightest people on the planet.
You will reach for ideas beyond your grasp, and in so doing extend your intellectual capabilities.
You will solve problems that have not been solved before.
You will explore concepts that have not been explored.
You will uncover principles that change the way people use computers.</li></li></ul><li>Some stats<br />
A fellow Ph.D. friend…what a joy!<br />In considering taking on the role of a Ph.D. student, I asked one of my close friends, who already has a Ph.D. about research. He said that:<br />“…he could discover things that no other human had ever discovered. The smile on his face told the story: for him, working on research was sheer joy.”<br />
Under construction<br />There is a time limit for finishing your Ph.D. in most cases, although there’s no need to look beyond the present. Take things one class at a time.<br />