I am sure this is a quite subjective topic, but I haven't been able to find like clear advice or info about this particular situation. Also, I'm going to give some context; therefore, you could understand my dilemma.
I've been in the IT industry for a considerable amount of time, but I have always wanted to get a PhD since this is a life goal.
For the last 4+ years (in Europe), I've been working in a technology company between a software engineer and a kind of IT consultant where I have developed software, introduced new technologies, good practices and techniques that allowed me to promoted a couple of times, but that feeling of getting a PhD in a new country (kind of requirement, preferably Western Europe) is still there alive, I still would like to go beyond.
When I started to work I was more open to any PhD since I was finishing my master, but 3+ years has passed and I have seen so many changes in IT from web development, desktop development to Robotic Process Automation and Machine Learning and many more (DARQ) that are coming that create thousands of doubts of this decision since I have no friends or relatives with a similar story who I can talk about it.
Also, most of advice are connected to early studies, not after working for a considerable amount of time.
Furthermore, I need add an important point, I want to come back to the industry since I really enjoy it, but I'd like to read your opinions about this situation. What Pros and Cons do you see? Have you ever experienced something like this? Or maybe you know someone?
As Scott suggested about my personal goals (excellent reminder since we need goals in our lives):
- To relocate to a new destination.
- To establish my own business.
- To develop new technologies.
- To build a successful network of contacts.
- To improve the life of my fellows in Latin America.
I could have more goals that I'm working on them (I'm not waiting for them to happen, I take regular actions). Also, I would like highlight one point, I'm aware that for my goals, I don't need a PhD, I could go higher in my company without a PhD since it's not a requirement in almost any organization, the only place that I have seen where they ask you for a PhD is in the Academia that as I said I don't see myself as lecturer, perhaps, per hour.
Thanks for any advice that you have.