Finally finished my Biology degree

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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#21  Postby Beatsong » Oct 08, 2014 7:44 pm

Well done jonno!

mrjonno wrote:I've got to make a major decision about giving up a career in IT to try and do a Phd at 42: hmm


Couldn't you just do the Phd while working full time too? Get cracking and you might have it finished by the time you're 70. :)
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#22  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Oct 08, 2014 7:52 pm

Congratulations!
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#23  Postby campermon » Oct 08, 2014 8:02 pm

Fucking Brilliant stuff!!!

Well done!

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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#24  Postby BlackBart » Oct 08, 2014 8:24 pm

A gold star and a sweetie from the jar! Only one mind!

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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#25  Postby DougC » Oct 08, 2014 10:12 pm

:clap: :cheers: :thumbup:
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#26  Postby don't get me started » Oct 13, 2014 12:17 pm

Congrats Mrjonno.
Phd. next? Yep...go for it.
I'm older than you and I'm starting to narrow down what my proposal will be and where I will study. (It will have to be distance learning.)
I'm not really doing it for career advancement or anything like that. (I'm pretty much where I wanna be.)
More like, I just have to find out about what it is I'm interested in, keep pushing and researching.
As Plutarch (and others) have said. "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#27  Postby Fallible » Oct 13, 2014 12:39 pm

It's making me want to take that final step in my educational development, all this talk of PhDs! Shame I'm a complete slacker really.
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#28  Postby smudge » Oct 13, 2014 12:59 pm

:cheers:
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#29  Postby don't get me started » Oct 13, 2014 1:06 pm

Of course, interest in the subject for its own sake is the basis for a Phd.

But there are other reasons...my mother is keen on me taking the next step....for bragging rights with the neighbors!
She also takes great delight in informing the social services department who categorized me as 'mentally subnormal' when she agreed to take me on as a foster child when I was an infant, telling them that I am now an academic at a university in Japan...( I think she overstates the case somewhat...!) Ha ha.

But like you Fallible, I have to overcome a tendency to slackerdom.
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#30  Postby Fallible » Oct 13, 2014 2:20 pm

Ha! Good for you and her, dgms! I love it when people who have basically been written off make successes of their lives. Sounds like all you needed was good support. I'll probably never do a PhD, but it's a dream I have if I ever become financially comfortable in the future. The thing is I've already spent an inordinately long time in education, firstly getting my degree and MA and then completely re-training later which also took several years, and I was only able to do any of it through the help of my family. If I ever do anything else I want to be able to support myself through it.
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#31  Postby mrjonno » Oct 13, 2014 3:43 pm

I want to do a Phd for the same reasons people have children, I can't accept I'm going to die and want something to out live me like a research paper.

Don't know if that's a good reason or not but then again I don't think people have kids for the right reason either
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#32  Postby Aca » Oct 13, 2014 3:51 pm

Go for it, if you can :)

My situation is similar, with exception that to do my masters i actually quit my career & become a stay at home dad. It will be three years this November.

Masters completed last March & my marks have been confirmed by the end of June (NB: 2 marks away from distinction :waah: ) & now i am seriously considering going for a PHD. There is a good chance that i will get a scholarship (nothing much but better than nothing) if i decide to go for it full-time....
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#33  Postby Evolving » Oct 14, 2014 10:43 am

mrjonno wrote:I want to do a Phd for the same reasons people have children, I can't accept I'm going to die and want something to out live me like a research paper.


I don't know who you've been talking to, but that's not why I have had children.
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#34  Postby Fallible » Oct 14, 2014 10:45 am

Quite right. I had mine to inconvenience other people by putting a drain on society and ruining their quiet restaurant meals.
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#35  Postby Evolving » Oct 14, 2014 10:45 am

Well, that too.
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#36  Postby Ihavenofingerprints » Oct 14, 2014 10:54 am

Nice work mate.
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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#37  Postby Spearthrower » Oct 31, 2014 1:51 pm

mrjonno wrote:Finished my Open University life sciences degree, took 7 years while doing a full time job, getting married and getting 3 cats in my life!

While I did most the work I really was inspired to do it by Richard Dawkins God Delusion taking me to the Selfish Gene and realising that biology isnt just a random list of body parts which is what it felt like at school


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Re: Finally finished my Biology degree

#38  Postby trogs » Jan 06, 2015 10:08 pm

Well done, sir.
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