Beginning a doctorate is both an exciting and a daunting undertaking. It’s exciting because it represents a period of intense personal growth and professional development. As well, it carries the potential for new career opportunities and the possibilities for entry into academia. However, beginning a doctorate is also daunting because this degree is a programme of high-level study and research and represents a major academic commitment. What you need to be aware of is that the anticipated hard work ahead is guaranteed to be compensated for by the sense of intense personal satisfaction in achieving the highest formal university qualification. Any personal doubts can be cast aside knowing that once you have completed you will have made your entrance within the social science community as a competent researcher.
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