lozzyhickers wrote:Have considered enrolling for a PhD part time (have done a full time MSc and full time job concurrently), but my heart wouldn't be in it, and I wouldn't be able to guarantee that I would complete, as I do not wish to stay in this location for that long really. Also out dept. are very funny about applying for a part time PhD on top of a job unless it was advertised as such an opportunity to start with.
I was always advised don't apply for a PhD unless you really feel passionately about doing it. Part-time you are looking at 6 years. That is a lot of time for something your heart isn't in now, so I suspect in 4 years time it definitely wouldn't be!
I would just apply for any jobs and then reconsider options when you have them, I think at this time of year employers are pretty pragmatic about people getting offered alternatives. I did interviews for an AP post earlier this week and had the highest interview cancellation rate of any I've done before which I suspect was influenced by the local course giving out their offers last week.
I ended up signing on between my fixed term post and the course! But my contract ended in July so a bit later and I had my course offer in March so there was less uncertainty.