About to start final year ChemE
Top of class/grades
Have completed 6 month co-ops in pharma and biopharma
Liked the work but think that I would much prefer development or research type work
I need to make a decision over the next month to either: Take a graduate program/job in pharma or biopharma Do a PhD (I have been talking to my professor who has agreed to take me on or else give me a reference for another college)
Take the graduate program and do a PhD simultaneously (difficult option but I know people who have done this)
I am really attracted to the idea of doing a PhD in a biopharma/biotech related space. I do not know if I am interested in academia afterwards or if I would prefer to work in industry. That said, I do not know much about the roles available to PhDs in industry.
I have heard that a PhD can give you more 'work freedom' and also a higher chance of working in cutting edge areas. Also the idea of working in a startup or starting my own company at some point is something I am interested in.
My problem is that I do not have the tools to decide what is the right decision for me. I would apprecaite any input or experience anyone has with this, or alternatively any advice on how I can make the right decision.
Thanks in advance. If I am missing key information here, apologies. I will add it in if it comes up in a comment.