Getting a good job

From: Douglas Quebbeman <>
Date: Fri Jun 30 15:33:38 2000

> >about going back to pick up a PhD, but each time, I could not answer the
> >question "why". With what *I* enjoy doing, having the advanced degree
> >merely end up as an expensive hobby/pursuit. Anyone with imagination and
> >motivation will do well regardless of their *formal* education; likewise
> >having a degree without those qualities will probably provide a higher
> >paying job but not much more.
> I love pointing out to employers that the primary skill of a Phd is the
> ability to stretch a simple project out to two years, and make it "seem"
> reasonable to the boss.

My first embedded systems project (the Olicon MVP-035 Radiographic Viewer)
had a PhD in C.S. working for six months on the project- all he had to
show at the end of it was flowcharts. In six weeks the engineer and I
had an operational prototype (needless to say we ditched his flowcharts).

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