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When should you apply for a doctoral program? Five tips to help you make your choice!

Doctoral training means some more years of commitment, but at the same time it is a serious long-term investment. This heavy topic has been discussed with Dr. Gábor Michalkó, Director of Corvinus Doctoral Schools, and below, you can find five cases when you should definitely consider applying. 

1. If you are interested in a career as a scholar getting a PhD is a must 

Nearly two thirds of the students owning a PhD stay in academia. This means not only becoming a university professor but actively taking part in research. In this case a PhD is not only a basic requirement but a very important opportunity to gain experience for your later career, for example, you may start teaching courses even as a student. Also, you will be able to take part in local and international conferences, which is good not just because of the participation but also the networking opportunities. The system is open at both ends, that is, applying for a doctoral program does not necessarily entail commitment to an academic career. If you decide you would rather like to work in another professional field, you can do so. If you are considering working in an academic environment but you are still uncertain, application may also be a good idea. 

2. If you like doing research, a doctoral school is the perfect choice for you

Research is an important pillar of doctoral training. Even during your studies, you can take part in various scientific projects, which will provide you with useful experience even if you go in a different direction later. You will have a chance to apply for scholarships which will allow you to start your own projects during your studies, and to gain experience abroad. The Fulbright Fellowship, for example, offers opportunities at reputed universities of the US. Here you can read an interview with Máté Baksa, network scientist, who is a PhD student at Corvinus, and is going to do research at Yale University as of September. If you have the necessary motivation you may as well be a member of a research institute even during your doctoral studies. Here, you can get further experience, which may be a determining factor in your future career path, especially if you are planning on working in that field later.

3. It is an important starting point in becoming a renowned expert 

A recurring argument against pursuing doctoral studies is that during those four years you are missing out on labour market experience, which may be important if you do not wish to become a scholar.

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