Broader Ph.D. Training

Regarding the article "Broader Ph.D. training can benefit science and society,"1 I totally agree with the opinion from L.J. Escote-Carlson that society will be better served by having highly educated and well-trained graduates working in different disciplines. But where are the opportunities? If a Ph.D. applies for a job in a corporation, executives think, "This lab creature won't fit the corporate culture because his training is limited to the bench and his desk." This type of attitude in corp

Krishnarao Appasani
Mar 28, 1999

Regarding the article "Broader Ph.D. training can benefit science and society,"1 I totally agree with the opinion from L.J. Escote-Carlson that society will be better served by having highly educated and well-trained graduates working in different disciplines. But where are the opportunities? If a Ph.D. applies for a job in a corporation, executives think, "This lab creature won't fit the corporate culture because his training is limited to the bench and his desk." This type of attitude in corporate management has to change. Either the Ph.D. has to reengineer by obtaining a business- or management-related degree and then seek a corporate job, or the academicians who act as consultants for various industries and agencies should try to help their Ph.D. colleagues to be absorbed in those sectors. Broadening and increasing the duration of the training program won't help; it creates new problems and more frustration in the youngsters if...

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