Hey /lit/, I'm trying to explain the benefits of getting a PhD in English at University. I've tried to say my thoughts but I am afraid that I may miss something crucial in my explanation. What would be a more simpler way of helping him understand?
I was thinking about that but he was more or less asking from an objective standpoint. He's not that well versed in the world of literature. He's more scientifically and mathematically oriented.
Seriously, can anyone help? I know I sound like a whiny bitch but, I've been at this for awhile now and he can't go beyond simple ideological reasoning for why I am doing it. In his mind a STEM degree is more beneficial and I don't think he had that much knowledge or respect for the liberal arts.
I'd like nothing more than to go back and get my PhD. I have a Masters but I didn't get to dedicate myself to my studies and want to get to enjoy that with a PhD program.
That said, most people are getting hired as adjunct faculty these days... So with your PhD you could be getting paid $30k a year. I'm making just a bit more than that teaching with a Masters, and I'm happy that I didn't go into debt to earn my PhD to make the same shitty salary.
Also, just read a bunch of PhD comics.
To learn obviously.
If he starts giving you shit about jobs you could always go into corporate, sales, or pretty much any white-collar job that isn't STEM. Even then you could get into STEM if you knew the right stuff, had the right experience, and knew the right people, I once met a head of a Chemistry department at a large state Uni who was an English major.
Eh, personally if I was independently wealthy enough (and had no other commitments) to take up a course purely 'to learn', I'd go for a Master's over a PhD. PhDs are all about increasingly narrow focus on a single very small subject. If you're massively obsessed by that one subject I guess it could work, though.