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Ask HN: What challenges did you face when you quit graduate program?
1 point by behnamoh 56 days ago | hide | past | favorite
I'm thinking with covid-19, the industry job market is not that good (I saw many layoffs in recent months). At the same time, academia could be a dead-end too. Many schools stopped hiring new professors this year, and I don't think things will get better at least for the next 4-5 years. Plus, there's so much pressure from inside academia that sucks the joy out of any course I take or any research project I take on. Just in my program, 4 people have quit in the last 4 years due to the amount of ridiculous workload and expectations (the qualifier exams being the major one). So I'm thinking about options outside academia, but the greatest fear I have is most skills I've learnt are useful for research and an academic career. Has anyone here experienced quitting from a graduate program? What challenges did you face and how did you overcome those?

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