It’s March 2020 and it seems that the entire world is going on lock down because of the alarming spread of the coronavirus. As I sit at home and ponder the sorry state of world affairs, I am reminded by my daughter that while this is a difficult period, it will eventually give way to better times. Her positiveness makes me smile and while still worried for the future, I think to myself of the best way to use this downtime.
After finishing my master’s degree (a very, very long time ago), I had the choice between enrolling in a full-time PhD program or starting a job. I chose starting a job but for many years, I wondered if I had made the right decision.
In 2014, I joined Meirc Training & Consulting as a corporate trainer. I was extremely fortunate to work at a company that wholeheartedly supported the continuing education of employees. As a result, I was finally able to apply for a doctorate program in education at the University of Glasgow.
The program is 5 years long (at least), and I have just started my 4th year. It definitely has not been easy and there were many times where I questioned my decision. However, in the balance of things, I believe that I made the right decision.
If you are thinking about applying for a part-time doctorate program, the following are some tips and thoughts to make your journey easier:
Finally, the best source of information is previous graduates. If you can find someone who has successfully completed (or dropped) the program, you can be assured to get more honest answers to all your questions. As the Arabic proverb goes, asking someone who went through an experience is better than asking someone who is knowledgeable about that experience1.
1 اسأل مجرب ولا تسأل حكيم
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