Should I or shouldn’t I?

It’s the graduation season in Adelaide – as mentioned in my previous blog post, one of my friends had their graduation last Tuesday. Yani also had her graduation on Wednesday – she finished her Master of Business in Accounting programme. Looking at graduates with their mortarboards outside the University of Adelaide’s Bonython Hall, as well as looking at the procession of graduates on Yani’s graduation ceremony made me want to study again.

I have expressed my desire to enter the academic circle to some of my friends – and even though they warn me that universities are rife with politics, I still want to be a part of the ‘industry’. I enjoy teaching and working with students – unfortunately the universities require at least PhD level to lecture subjects thesedays. The thought appeared to me again last week, as I was doing some desk research for one of the Directors at work. I had my own theory of how to approach the issue – and I jokingly told my workmate that people would probably not take my hypotheses seriously because it wasn’t backed by an ‘academic research paper’. That triggered something in my mind to have a look at the university websites on the requirement to take a PhD programme in Marketing.

The requirements listed mentioned that a Second-Upper Honours degree (2A) in an appropriate subject would allow me to take a PhD programme. Well, I don’t know how related Computer and Information Science is to Marketing, but I am thinking of doing a research project in Marketing metrics anyway, *IF* I do go ahead with my plan. There are other considerations as well – ideally it would be great if I can have a scholarship to undertake the study, so I can pay my mortgage, finance ‘my future’ and don’t live to shabbily while I become a student again. Unfortunately the scholarship requirement includes two academic referees – well, it has been years since I was in touch with my old lecturers. Some of them don’t even lecture anymore! 😮

I’m planning to send the university an email tomorrow, just to enquire – I don’t know whether I should entertain the thought or not. I really can’t afford financing my own study anymore, even though being an Australian citizen means that I don’t need to pay the full fee to enrol. Of course I can also lecture or work part-time when I do my research. I am so tempted to plunge into the academic circle, but on the other hand I can’t be ‘selfish’ with my own future anymore … Hmmmm . 😕

Yogi Berra says, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it“. Well, I just might do that. Hehehe. 🙂

What do you think?


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