September 18th, 2009
|08:33 pm - Countess the Title II|
I have not breathed a word about this to anyone for fear of jinxing it, but it has been in the works for months, wrapped in red tape as an inevitable gift for me...
I just got my very first promotion! I have leveled up from Drug Safety Associate to Drug Safety Associate II. And the accompanying raise is more substantial than I expected.
This promotion is long overdue, and I've wanted it for almost a year, but I totally deserve it because I've come a long way from this guy, who didn't know what the hell he was doing. Now I have meetings and perform database reconciliations!
Knowing that nothing will ever make my parents proud of me, I had considered not telling them and only mentioning it if the subject ever came up in the future, but I decided that was childish and inappropriate. So I called my mom and told her the good news. She congratulated me and asked what it meant (salary-wise). I told her what I made now, and she said, "Oh, that's not bad!"
And then she asked if I could now get my PhD, I think asking if my company would pay for it. I told her that I was fine, and she asked if it wouldn't be better if I had a PhD, and I said, sure, but it would use up my life.
She kept pushing, and I said, "Can you please just focus on the good and stop criticizing my life?"
She didn't think she was criticizing my life. All she said was that I could get a PhD now.
"You're criticizing my personal choices," I said. "And I know you're upset I never finished it."
Thankfully, she backed up and said, "Congratulations." I told her I had to get back to work.
I went out to lunch with my co-workers, and my boss sent a company-wide e-mail announcing my promotion that garnered a flurry of congratulatory e-mails, some of them from people I didn't even know.
I am slightly intimidated by my boss's boss's boss's request to meet with me to discuss my "new responsibilities," but I suppose I'm a real professional now. Making the big bucks! Now I can totally buy more things from my comic book store.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Imogen Heap - Sweet Religion
|Date:||September 19th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)|| |
b) Unless most people in your company/have your job have PhDs, it would be really stupid to try and go back and finish it. If you need ammunition to explain why you don't want to do so, I can provide some. Lots and lots of it. Painfully acquired through six torturous years.
|Date:||September 20th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)|| |
I'm sure you know most of this, but really what it comes down to is that a PhD is simply not worth the time and effort unless it's actually necessary for the job you want, or you, personally, really want to get one. I think that what most people who haven't been in a PhD program don't realize is that it's not at all the same as a professional degree - there's no set of classes or even standard path. It's not in the slightest bit like undergrad. Doing the research necessary to write a dissertation is a long, frustrating process - the classes were the easy part. Money usually isn't the issue for science degrees - any professor worth working for should have funding for grad students. I do know one person whose employer agreed to let her get her PhD while still working - what this meant was that she worked at her real job for two days a week and was a grad student the rest of the time. Getting a PhD while still employed drags out the degree that much longer - and remember that six years is fairly normal when it's your full time job unless you're super motivated, organized, and your experiments all work the first time around. Starting with a Masters maybe shaves off a year and a half, but not much more really. If you don't work while getting your degree, then you'll have to go back to the grad student stipend, which I'm sure you remember.
In conclusion, seriously don't do it unless you really want to. For the short list of points, I'd tell your mother that monetarily, it's not worth it - PhDs generally aren't any sort of guarantee for economic success, in part because they just take so damn long to earn and you earn so little while doing it. Then there's the time, effort, and pain involved.
And ... I might still have some issues. Right. Rant over.
|Date:||September 19th, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)|| |
Congratulations! A promotion and a raise! Totally win/win.
And Fringe was FANTASTIC. I loved all the twists. Favorite series opening so far for me. (um sorry Supernatural God knows I love you. Now if there had been a hug . . . . . just saying)
I'm glad you liked it! It was so good to have it back. It's such a cool show.
Good thing you stood up to your Mom. Mine is much the same in these matters. (That, and "Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?")
You never knew me as an itty bitty college student!
Grad school is totally different from college! Even though it takes place at a college. And involves classes.
Hooray! That is super awesome!
I demand you buy celebration cake and send me a piece. XP
|Date:||September 19th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)|| |
|Date:||September 19th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)|| |
Yay promotion! Yay more comics!!! Yay you!!!!!
|Date:||September 19th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)|| |
Yay Sunil!! Well deserved.
|Date:||September 20th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)|| |
|Date:||September 21st, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)|| |
Couldn't have happened to a more deserving... bovine? ;)
|Date:||September 21st, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)|| |
A belated congrats. I'm glad they recognize how lucky they are to have you working there.