I hinted in an earlier post on GatorUptown.com that I was considering a variety of continuing education options, some of them practical and others more extreme… Well, let’s talk about the more extreme option.
I’m giving some semi-idle thought to earning my Ph.D and becoming Dr. GatorUptown.
This is hardly the first time I’ve considered it. In fact, when I was finishing my MBA I was on the cusp of either staying for my Ph.D or going back to the workforce. It all boiled down to whether or not I got offered an attractive job at a specific company — and when I did, I accepted, and the rest is history. But I often wonder what my life would be like if I had gone the other route.
I’d have finished my Ph.D program by now. I’d probably be teaching somewhere, I guess, or possibly would have reentered the workforce in a much different capacity. But more importantly, I’d have spent 4-5 more years in Florida, would almost certainly have never moved to Charlotte, and would likely not be living in New York City right now or have ever met many people whom I love dearly.
All that in mind, I don’t regret the choices I made one bit. And setting personal experiences aside, I think the time I’ve spent with my company over the past seven years has been phenomenal, with professional growth that I wouldn’t trade for academia. My time at this company has also helped me focus my professional interest quite a bit, with a passion for HR, organizational readiness/effectiveness, and Diversity & Inclusion that I didn’t have when I finished my MBA and went back to work. The question is, where do I go from here?
I’m thinking I would like to earn a Ph.D in a business field, whether it’s technically in Business Administration, Organizational Behavior/Psychology, Management, or Human Resources. I see various programs out there with some combination of these titles.
Ultimately I’d like to study and research how Diversity & Inclusion practices can impact the workplace, potentially with a specialty around LGBT issues in the modern office environment. I’d like to become an expert of diversity issues, a respected scholar who can help teach employees in the workplace (and/or future business leaders in college) how to make the workplace a more diversity and inclusive environment.
Having said that, there are lots of options to consider. But before I get into all the logistical specifics, and before I make this an incredibly long-winded rant, let me just put the question out there to my readers: What’s your take, in general, on me going back to school and earning my Ph.D?
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