I've been thinking for a while now about applying to do my PhD. And within the past week or so, I've been thinking about it more seriously. But if I *do* end up applying, I'll have a range of decisions to make.
First of all, there's which universities to apply to. But more importantly, I have three choices in terms of subject matter:
1. Museum studies.
I don't think I could cope with museum studies - three years of studying museum theory? No, thank you. I had to do a semester of archaeological theory in my Honours year, and it nearly killed me. Museum theory isn't much better. Which leaves archaeology and history. With archaeology, I could probably go back to my undergrad university and continue the research I did for my Honours degree.
And with history, I could either make the research from my Honours degree more of a straight history study, rather than including the archaeological implications in it. Or I could do something on early colonial Melbourne. And I could probably include museum objects in there so that my PhD had *some* museum connection.
So there's THAT decision. Plus, there's the whole "Can I live on a PhD scholarship ($22,000 a year) for three years?" thing to consider. I had thought that maybe I could get some part time work to top up the scholarship. But at least one of the universities I'm looking at specifies that to be eligible for a scholarship, you can't work more than 8 hours a week... I *can* always move back in with my parents. But do I *really* want to be living with my parents until I'm *shudder* 31?? :S
Apparently, in the long run, a PhD is a very smart career move. And it makes sense to do it now rather than when I'm older and don't have the moving back home thing to fall back on. But there are FAR too many decisions involved for me to do this on my own.
Basically, I suck at making my own decisions, and I'd like some opinions on both the "should I do it?" front AND the archaeology vs history front. Please???