Pros: becoming a doctor, becoming an expert in a field.
Cons: no social life, more than 10 hours of reading, research, etc. every single day for years.
A typical day at work for a full-time PhD. student means staying in a university-based carrel between 8 and 16 hours combining work as an employee and work as a student with a program of study. Through a very rigorous program, a PhD. student acquires an impressively vast body of knowledge in the field of Educational Leadership and Administration. As – more... an FSU doctoral student, one is trained to work collaboratively at all times, and one is given the opportunity to learn from leading figures of the field in question. Management-wise, one is put in charge of an entire class, and one must diligently apply as much knowledge as possible to adhere to the University's and department's standards. In short, one is trained to be an administrator, a professor, a leader.
There are several factors that make a PhD in Educational Leadership a very demanding endeavor. One of the hardest factors to consider is related to the extensive research one has to conduct seven days a week all year long for as long as the degree lasts. Sometimes, I had to read, analyze, and reach conclusions for 34 hours in a row without going home or taking a shower. Deadlines are crucial, and many papers have to be written. Papers have to comply with very strict research guidelines and academic writing style.
Important: A "C" grade will automatically take you out of the program you are in.
The most enjoyable part of the job is to know how many undergraduate and graduate students become more knowledgeable about education because of the hard work put it by all the members of the department one is part of. Also, interestingly, when one makes it to graduation ceremony, as a PhD. you do not experience feelings of happiness. You mostly experience is huge feeling of relief!!! – less