I'll soon get my engineering diploma (~MSc, from a "renowned-but-not-in-the-top-3" so-called french grande école). The degree itself is not specialized, but I mainly studied mechanical and industrial engineering.
I aim to work in the industry – or, in other words, I don't want to make an academic career.

So I'm now wondering if doing a PhD in France (i.e. during 3 years) would be worth it, regarding my estimated career plan.
Question: What would then be pros and cons I should consider before choosing to do (or not) a PhD?

Here are some questions I've already consulted, but did not fully answered my questions:

  • What country do you want to work as an engineer in? France only, or others? Also, there is actually an engineering SE; I don't know that community, but it might be worth looking there for your question as well.
    – Jeff
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 16:04
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    Although you state in your question that you consulted other questions on this site, and that those questions did not fully answer your question, it is unclear why those questions do not fully answer your current question. I suggest editing your question to emphasize how exactly your situation is not addressed in other questions on this topic.
    – Mad Jack
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 17:03
  • I don't know whether the same is true in France, but in the USA, although the PhD is the most well-known terminal degree for engineers, it is not the only one. There's also a "Doctor of Engineering" degree that may be more helpful for someone intending a career outside academia.
    – Ben Voigt
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 19:13
  • Don't do a PhD if you don't find the studying and the research inherently rewarding. Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 23:42


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