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I have almost finished a master degree and want to continue to do my PhD in discrete Mathematics (Optimization/Operation Research) in Germany, but i don't want to stay in academica after that.

I would like to know, what are the main things you take with yourself, after doing a PhD except the title?

What does someone who spend 3 years after his master degree doing a PhD differentiate to someone who already started working in industry 3 years earlier in the same field ?

The reason i am asking is, because i want to know, what are the skills/qualities i should be focusing on developing, while i am doing my PhD.

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