I have completed my master’s in pure mathematics in India. Though I am passionate about mathematics and would really want to do a PhD in pure mathematics, one thing I am uncertain about is how would my life turn out after getting a PhD in pure mathematics.
I checked the departmental homepage of some reputed institutes and universities in our country to gather knowledge about their past PhD students. I found that only a handful of them go to postdocs and a very few get recruited as assistant professors in other institutes. There is no information about the other students and I can't get any information about what they are doing.
My questions are:
- Is there no guarantee to get a job after doing a PhD in pure mathematics?
- Or it is that everyone will get a postdoc after getting a PhD in some institute?
- Is a postdoc absolutely necessary after doing a PhD in mathematics?
- Will I get a job after a postdoc in mathematics?
I am concerned because I don’t want to be among those who are without any work after doing a PhD.