What can a recent graduate do after graduating from university? Many follow the usual path, take a full-time job, start moving up the ranks, but there are those who choose to apply for doctoral training - even while working. We’ve been researching, yet why it’s worth getting a PhD, how bumpy the road to there is, and what the options are for anyone who chooses to cut into it.
Doctoral training is a commitment for quite a few years, but Gábor Michalkó, director general of the Corvinus Doctoral Schools, head of the Doctoral School of Economics, professor of the Department of Tourism at the Institute of Marketing, says it is a very good investment in the long run.
In 1993, my first salary was HUF 12,000. At that time, 25-26 thousand could already be earned on the labor market. The authorities who encouraged me to do the doctoral training said it would be very difficult to get started, both financially and in terms of workload, but believe me, the energy invested will pay off and so it has. - said the professor, adding that applying for doctoral training does not mean a final commitment to an academic career, there are many who run into careers in the private sector after obtaining a PhD degree.
At Corvinus, applicants are currently invited to four doctoral schools, with 15-20 people per school to start training. It is a so-called two-way doctoral program that offers academic careers for those wishing to pursue higher education / research and expert careers for those wishing to put science into practice.
In other words, middle and senior managers with several years of professional experience who want to expand their knowledge and skills with a scientific background can also apply. This program provides a new way of life, a diverse network of contacts that can be used very well in the future. - said the expert, who added that 0.25 percent of Hungarian society has a PhD or an equivalent degree, ie it is a very small group who, armed with the tools of science, view and shape the world, but, in his opinion, will appreciate in the future. the role of researchers and experts.
Yet why can an academic career be attractive to young people?
According to Gábor Michalkó, those who value diversity, self-realization is important to them, like to work with others and are driven by curiosity apply for doctoral training from the outset.
In this career, we already treat doctoral students as full-fledged partners, with whom we research and think, from whom we can learn. We teach by learning, and in the meantime the student becomes part of the academic ecosystem of the university - said the specialist.
Knowledge can already be changed to small money during years of training: the student can take courses at the university, receive researcher scholarships, participate in smaller or larger scientific projects, and there are many those who lose their jobs.
Although it is a full-time program, doctoral schools offer a degree of flexibility and freedom, which is why it can be attractive to many, including doctoral students, business leaders or even diplomats, who have to coordinate their training responsibilities and daily work.
The training is four years old, it has two well-separated phases: in the first phase you have to attend courses, get to know the literature, carry out preliminary research. This section ends with an exam. In the second stage, the focus is only on the research, the preparation of the dissertation and the dissertation. The pace is strained.
Gábor Michalkó remarked, since there are foreign students, the language of instruction is English.
Being a professor is good, also because of the social esteem and endless wealth of possibilities. Of course, the greatest joy is when the former students also achieve success in their academic careers.
He said about what to expect from those who specifically want to research and teach. The beginning of the journey is bumpy and full of challenges, but according to Michalkó, it is worth it, because one can constantly learn and develop, one teaches patience and commitment.
In addition to joy, of course, as in all fields, there are failures: discarded articles, unsuccessful applications, many criticisms, but the balance is positive, according to the professor: doctoral training is elite training, participants have the knowledge, attitudes and they acquire a way of thinking, analytical, evaluative and communicative skills, a system of relationships that will be a huge advantage later on, whether in scientific life or at a company.