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> On the other hand, spending some years pursuing a PhD can be a great time to build skills and introspect in life.

as software dev, I would never, ever, ever want to be in academia compared to the jobs I went through. much more life to be lived, much more money to spend on life to live (ie travelling around the world), and CV/skillset that gets door opened for next jobs.

you can build proper introspect in life when trekking few weeks among 8000m peaks, diving in coral reefs or anything in between, just give it a bit more than 1-2 weeks.

great PhD can be interesting experience, but for me, it would always be subpar to great job

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