I got my master degree three years ago, and I used to work in research since, one year in academic, two in industry. I’m an engineer with a big passion for computing problems, math and physics (I’m not as skilled as a good mathmo/physicist would be, but I think my interest on this subjects is above the average of most of the engineers i know).

As far as I’ve seen so far, the PhD in industry is not essential at least for the applications, however sometimes I think it could be useful for career progress. When I got my master I was offered a PhD position, however, at that time I thought it was definitely more important to get practical experience; so I declined the offer. I never regret that choice by the way; I believe my current job (I do research for a private company) is very good both stimulating and challeging.

However, the idea of seriously taking a PhD for non academic reasons sometimes comes out, since I think it could be good in terms of career perspective due to my attitude to my job: I like investigation, experimenting and formalizing my results and of course when I can publish them, but I’m not interested in an academic career at all.

I wonder how I could plan to get a PhD while keeping my job and what are common techniques to do that?

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    Your question seems to be covering two different topics: 1) is a PhD useful in industry? 2) How do you do it while working? I think each of these may be covered elsewhere already, e.g. this question. Can you please try to clarify your question? – jakebeal Nov 8 '15 at 0:03
  • Maybe it answer to the first question, i don't see an answer to the second one. However i was looking for some experience that could enlight me, or suggestions like "i would this for this reason" or "i had your similar thoughts... however", or "i started like you, then i got the phd, in this way and then..." I don't think i'm in a unusual situation for who works in industry. – user8469759 Nov 8 '15 at 0:16
  • That would make your question a poll, which is off-topic here. I suggest that you reduce your question to the second one outlined by @Jakebeal. – Wrzlprmft Nov 8 '15 at 8:45
  • Done it, i reduced it to the second one. – user8469759 Nov 8 '15 at 10:15

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