Returning to Academia

Many of us look back on our uni days with a nostalgic pang and wish we could go back. For me, I always wanted to complete my PhD but with a lack of funding, was never able to.

It’s been seven years since I completed my Masters degree. Since then I’ve dabbled in career paths, tried to find an alternative route through life, and wound up having an annual life crisis which always leaves me in the same place: wishing I’d done the PhD.

But seven years is a long time outside of academia. It moves quickly. It’s competitive. How do you go about competing for places against younger students who are fresh out of their postgrad degrees and fully immersed in the field of research you want to enter into?

It’s not going to be easy, but it’s important to me.

What makes it even more difficult is that I’m actually planning to switch subjects altogether, so I may actually be facing a new Masters degree first. With a background in Arts and Humanities, a side-step into the Social Sciences causes my current challenge to be all the more difficult.


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