“I regret going for my PhD after I had a good degree and 10 years industry experience with high profile companies and made good money.
I persisted for 4 and a half years with a difficult supervisor relationship and a new subject. Finally I had a breakdown and was suspended.
I met with the head of graduate school who promised me a quick return with a new supervisor, but within a week she unexpectedly resigned and there was no one to act on my behalf while I was unwell.
I did nothing for a year and then withdrew. I haven’t done any proper work now since withdrawing, nearly 4 years, and my work during my PhD counts for nothing in the industry. I have little money and I’m now 56. I recently offered to work for free for a company that had offered me work in the past, but they said the field has moved on.
No one anywhere advised me of the pitfalls, let alone that trying for a PhD could potentially wreck a good career.”