Taking it back to the office: a practitioner perspective of the value of a PhD

Philip Lloyd-Williams*

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    Abstract

    For the past six years I have faced a recurring question from family, friends and co-workers – ‘why are you bothering – do you not want to work and become a lecturer?’ While I welcomed the interest this showed in some aspect of my life as a PhD student it also felt like a bit of a let-down. Why did people view my curiosity for learning and developing as a waste of time and nothing more than a vain desire to be the centre of attention in the lecture theatre. Little perhaps did I and they know how doing a PhD gave me a new vista on life, work and problem solving. I am glad I took up the challenge and here I share my personal experience

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)54-58
    Number of pages5
    JournalTeaching Public Administration
    Volume30
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2012

    Keywords

    • academic
    • democracy
    • PhD

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