So, you want to do a PhD...
Disclaimer: These words of wisdom are purely based on my
personal experience and interactions with other academics and PhD
students over the years. They do not represent any official policy of
any institution nor should they be considered as one-size-fits-all
guidelines. In the end, so much depends on the individual
circumstances. But anyway I hope you'll find some of it useful.
Doing a PhD can be a great experience. You learn as much about a
subject as you learn about yourself throughout your PhD. And if this
wasn't rewarding enough, you even get called 'Doctor' at the end of
it, but that's just the cherry on top. As a PhD is about exploring a
research area that nobody else has explored to the degree you are
about to, doing a PhD is inherently about overcoming obstacles while
covering new ground. Inevitably this means that there are times when
you struggle, but winning these little battles can be a very rewarding
experience. As the saying goes: 'no pain, no gain'.
Next: Before you enroll or sign
any contract (i.e. your life away)