The Cons of Grad School

"Thomas H. Benton" recommends students avoid taking a PhD in the humanities:

It’s hard to tell young people that universities recognize that their
idealism and energy — and lack of information — are an exploitable
resource. For universities, the impact of graduate programs on the
lives of those students is an acceptable externality, like dumping
toxins into a river. If you cannot find a tenure-track position, your
university will no longer court you; it will pretend you do not exist
and will act as if your unemployability is entirely your fault. It will
make you feel ashamed, and you will probably just disappear, convinced
it’s right rather than that the game was rigged from the beginning.

Tip from George Leff at Phi Beta Cons.


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