LIGHT IN AUGUST and THE CORPORATE VALUE OF A PHD DEGREE – Part I

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Created and written by: Eduardo Antúnez de Mayolo D. 


This is my first post, and since this is the first blog I ever had, I will make it a little bit more personal . Just this time.

I planned to publish it during the Autumn, but I had to delay its publication until December, when Christmas is fast approaching.

Today, the word “Christmas” made me remember something. 


William Faulkner is one of my favorite US-born writers.

William Faulkner wrote “Light in August“, a novel that, centered in the stories of Joe Christmas and Lena Grove, portrays the life and social  norms of the Southern American states in the early XX century. This is a novel that I would recommend, and adapted to the times and continental circumstances we are currently living in, it should be a must read in contemporary Europe. 

In Europe is located Linköping University, and institution that I consider my true Alma Mater. 

I have a M.Sc. in Physics from Linköping University, and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and I have been trained in Germany, the United States, and Sweden in the field of materials science. In particular, I have worked doing research on semiconductor materials and devices.

Nevertheless, due to my circumstances and due to certain considerations, I considered, and concluded from every point of view, that I had to redirect and empower my career to a more applied, broader, and universal field, with an interesting growth potential in the countries of the Pacific Alliance. The biomedical engineering fulfills these requirements, and I selected Linköping University as the ideal place to study this field. I will write a post, in several parts, where I specifically indicate why this University was my top choice in Europe, and in Sweden, for this. 

Experiment

Photo of me carrying out an experiment in biochemistry at the Medical Campus, Linköping University.
The University has very good facilities and resources for doing experimental work in sciences and engineering.
The University is highly international: English is the working language of research groups and advanced courses. 

The universality of this field ensures that my dependence on developed countries to find work is broken. This was my first main objective when making this career move.

The corporate side of this engineering field ensures that I no longer require a PhD degree to have a successful career, in contrast to the sciences where it is almost a necessity, in fact almost a a de facto requirement, to have one. Nevertheless, as someone with a degree in physics, I mention that I do not close the doors to do a PhD in the future. I am just saying that it will be just one more option among others I will carefully consider. My second main objective when making this career move was then to transform a necessity/requirement into an option. It is beautiful to do research, but first I must protect myself.

The objective value of a PhD degree, in the corporate world, depends on the geographical location you plan to work: 

On the other side of the Atlantic, the private sectors in Latin America and Canada (just to mention a few examples) give very little value and consideration to a doctoral degree.  This makes sense given that, in the first case, the economies of the countries that belong to this block heavily depend on export models of raw materials.  For instance, the Peruvian economy, although strong, dynamic and continuosly growing, cannot escape from this reality and may begin to feel the effects of the global crisis of the mining sector in a not so distant future.  Peru is a mining country by excellence, and is located within the top ten exporters of minerals in the world. 

Canada is a special case within the developed countries. Even though the impressive 15th place in GDP and 10th place in GDP in the world (*) may indicate that…  by  the reality is that most of the Canadian economy is based on the exploitation of raw resources, particularly minerals and oil, in developing countries. For example, Vancouver is home to no less than 70% of the mining corporations of the world. It is no surprise then that a doctoral degree attains little value by the Canadian corporate sector. 

Going back to our original discussion, I will continue by saying that a broader field ensures a higher employability and versatility, where my several technical skills, provided by two real master degrees, can make an important difference. This was my third main objective when making this career move.

Two real master degrees are more flexible, dynamic, versatile and combined provide a more potent technical baggage than the PhD degree, which by definition narrows the options. This was something I considered when making this career move.

This career move is my bet for the future. My bet that will influence my next thirty years. 

There are four people at Linköping University that I appreciate the most, each in a particular way, and before traveling to Sweden in August, I got a Peruvian souvenir “Andean Angels” for each of them. These Angels are pottery pieces made by artisans in the Peruvian Andes. 

 

Andean Angels 2

Photo of the Peruvian Andean Angels “Ángeles Andinos”
Hand-made pottery pieces from artisans living in the Peruvian Andes
The merger of the Andean cosmovision and the 

 

END OF PART I. 
In Part II: 
The corporate value of a PhD degree in Sweden, the United States and Japan. 

(*) According to the statistics of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) valid for the year 2015. 

OSITO – Teddy Bear 
Linköping, December 08, 2016. 


Blog Author: Eduardo Antúnez de Mayolo D.
Zodiac Sign:
 Oficially GEMINI. In reality a Taurus-Gemini cusp (May 22). 
Nickname:    OSITO, which is the Spanish word for “Teddy Bear”.
E-mail 1:      Teddy-Bear-OSITO@protonmail.ch
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Eduardo Antunez de Mayolo

Eduardo Antunez de Mayolo
I am Eduardo, Peruvian, M.Sc. in physics from Linköping University. I returned to LiU to study the master program in biomedical engineering.

I lived in six countries, and I studied or had academic and/or corporate work experience in five of them.

I want to share some experiences in Linköping and around the world with the LiU community and prospective students

MSc Biomedical Engineering

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