Getting a good job

From: Carlos Murillo <>
Date: Sat Jul 1 02:42:29 2000

At 05:38 PM 6/30/00 -0700, you wrote:
>The principle problem with Ph.D.s is that their knowledge base tends to
>be as narrow as any other new grads; the only distinction being that they
>have significantly more depth in one very specific area. Worse, during
>the past four years that they've been focused on that area they've
>typically been in the "simplifying assumptions" world that's so prevalent
>in academia;

That's funny; I got my PhD out of showing other engineers
and economists that the "simplifying assumptions" that they
make when designing deregulated electric power markets _in the
real world_ are, well, too simplistic. Electrons cannot be
bribed to obey economics rather than Kirchhoff, period.
Yet, that seems to be a hard point to sell to politicians
and economists.

>Chris Kennedy
>PGP fingerprint: 4E99 10B6 7253 B048 6685 6CBC 55E1 20A3 108D AB97
Received on Sat Jul 01 2000 - 02:42:29 BST

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