I am a second-year Master student and will finish in 2022. Next fall, I am going to start a PhD in physics at my current university. The research topic will be the same as well as the supervisor. I like this topic and find it prospective. My supervisor is fantastic, and I like him as a human and professor.
However, I feel like I can get a better future if I finish PhD abroad (e.g. Europe or the USA). But I don't want to change topics. Honestly, I want to settle down in a foreign country, and PhD seems a good step. I should mention that I want to stay in academia, do research and become a professor one day. But scientific degrees obtained in my home country are not commonly accepted and regarded in other countries. I intend to reapply to foreign universities while being a first-year PhD student.
Moreover, I think that an additional year of research will benefit me in terms of experience and publications.
Another decision is to go to the industry for a year and then reapply for a PhD. The problem is to get a position in the industry and not stick too much to money. The latter will be a downside of getting out of the industry.
I should indeed talk to my current supervisor and ask him for a piece of advice. I am afraid that this conversation will not be pleasant for both of us. I don't want to burn bridges either. What reaction should I expect from him?
Is it morally OK to reapply to other PhD programmes while being a PhD student? Will admission offices (and professors) be sceptical about my application? What is better:
- Finish PhD in my home country and then do my best to get a postdoc position abroad
- Reapply to PhD abroad while being enrolled in another PhD
- Go to industry and apply to PhD after several years