is a phd a good investment?

Is a PhD a Good Investment?

I’ve been going through old hand-written letters that I had sent my good friend many years ago. The letters date to periods of my life when I was researching and writing my dissertation and then, having successfully earned the coveted PhD, was greeted with poor employment prospects. I barely survived those years. The adage that “money can’t buy happiness” masks the truth that “poverty sucks.” So now that I’m the back end of what turned out to be a fantastic career, it’s time to have that conversation with my younger self. Was the PhD a good investment? Would I do it again?

This week I drafted a guest post for Steve, who blogs about turning conventional wisdom on its head to live your best life at ThinkSaveRetire. In the post, I offer 10 tips on how to create a fantastic and profitable career.  So read on to get my advice on how to make that PhD pay off. And yes, I would do it all over again!

Life after the Dissertation: The PhD’s Guide to Creating a Profitable Career

About the Author Brenda

Dr. Brenda is a financial coach, educator, researcher, and sociologist. In addition to blogging at The Five Journeys, she is the founder of the Gutsy Women Club. Her passion is guiding people on their journey to financial freedom through coaching at DrBrendaMoneyCoach and online courses at