This subject has been on my mind for a while, so I figured I would post it. Here are three reasons why it is a good idea to hire a recent Ph.D. graduate:
1. After our qualifying exam, we will fear no test:
The qualifying exam was by far my least favorite experience in my graduate studies. We studied full time for a month, cramming every single day. At the end of it, we took not one, but two four hour tests in a cold room. You’re probably thinking a four hour test is too long, but it was actually too short. There were eight tough questions, and we only had 30 minutes to answer them. Failure is devastating, as you’re only allowed to retake the test once, and you have to wait 6 months.
Many people believe that after college there will be no more tests, but this is incorrect (in most cases). Early into my professional career I was enrolled in a two week training class, with daily quizzes and a final exam at the end. This was very stressful for a few of my classmates, but for me it was actually enjoyable! Testing out my newly acquired knowledge was fun and rewarding, not to mention I passed with flying colors.
2. After our dissertation defense, we will fear no presentation:
For some people, talking to large groups comes naturally, but for many (including myself) the prospect is nerve racking. I gave many presentations during my studies, conferences, group meetings, proposals, posters, demonstrations, etc. With each one I became more confident. The dissertation defense was the most critical presentation I have ever given, with my degree held in the balance. I was nervous, but I was ready.
I haven’t had to give any presentations at work yet, but I am sure I will be ready when the time comes.
3. We're hungry:
We’re tired of living in crappy apartments, eating ramen noodles, and asking our parents for money. We’re ready to get out into the world and make some real money. We’re done postponing our student loans. We’re excited to buy houses, buy cars, get married, and maybe even have children. The allure of the college life has faded away, and we are ready to move on.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, please feel free to leave a comment or counter any of the points I have laid out. Give me some reasons why you would or wouldn't hire a Ph.D.