I recently joined a PhD program in Bioinformatics at a well-reputed school. After joining this lab I came to know that people in this lab had to spend at least 7 years to get their PhD and most of them already had Master. I came from a third world country and thought I would get my degree in Bioinformatics and bring innovative ideas to my country. I am already 32, I already have my MS degree from the US (with several publications), and spending another 7-8 years for PhD seems pretty daunting to me. In this situation, I am not sure if it is really sensible to spend another most valuable 7 years of my life. I would like to know from you guys about the future prospects of Bioinformatics and if I should really continue. I know it should be absolutely my personal decision, but I would appreciate if you guys could share about what you feel about this field. I think Biological science in general is not so good career choice where you have to spend years and years working under some bullies who think they know everything about life (not just life sciences!). Please help me decide what I should do by sharing your personal experiences/knowledge!
Thanks for your kind suggestions!
I think you already answered your question. :)
I would suggest you change a lab. 7 years is too long to get a bioinformatics degree. I know many students graduate in 3 years with couple very good publication.
I wonder what happened in the end? What did you choose?
@khorms Oh, this has been so long. I left that lab and the university. Got my PhD from a different university working with a very helpful PI. I was able to finish my PhD in less three years and I am now working.
Oh nice, good to hear that!