Book Review: A PhD Is Not Enough! – Peter J. Fiebelman

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and didn’t think any of my family would care about its review, which is why I didn't share it straight away. I thought I'd ease into the book reviews with one they might actually read, but it’s been bugging me that I haven’t reviewed it. So here it is.

Plot: This is a guide for graduates to help them maximise on skills gained throughout university and become a proficient researcher (with a paid job).

Review: I read this book from beginning to end, in more-or-less two sittings; however, it is probably best read as the sections become relevant. It was definitely a thought-provoking book... namely, how will I ever get a paid job as a researcher?! It contained useful chapters on topics such as how to select a postdoctoral adviser and how to prepare for an interview. Although these aren't applicable to me right now, I now have this book downloaded on my Kindle and primed for when I am in that position… hopefully about 3.5 years from now.

Buy/Borrow: This is a book that should live in a research lab and be passed around between students. There are a couple of copies on AbeBooks and maybe in your university library if you're lucky.

Sometimes being a proficient researcher is too tiring, so maybe I won't pursue that.

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