I need some advice. I do research for a pharmaceutical company. I have a masters degree which ultimately turned out not to be worth much mainly because the bosses have PhDs. I think I'm good at what I do. My boss is clueless. He has no idea how much detail work i do. I was venting to a friend about how I read papers(hate doing that), write the protocols, do the experiments, and analyze the data. He goes to meetings, takes the credit and does the presentations. One, I can do presentations and two, people have met me and realize I'm the one in the lab doing the work.
So the advice. My friend suggested that i do the PhD thing myself. I wanted to do it through my company. Other friends have done this and my VP helped set up a program with his old company. But this company's higher ups said "Sounds interesting" and left it at that. I can take the GREs, get recommendations, and if I get in start a program. I can work on the company. They'll pay for the classes regardless, but I'll need their cooperation when it comes to the research part.
i can't quit my job. I'd lose my house. And taking the GREs seems overwhelming right now. The deadline is in 1.5 months. I can do this. I know I can. Can I work, take classes, and along the way have kids? And if I'm this frustrated with bureaucracy at the company now, would getting a PhD help? I don't think my boss will ever see me as an equal, but it would be nice to be on equal footing with him.
So, I have nothing to lose but a little money and my pride. But at least I'd know what path to take. If I don't get in then i work hard and work on getting promoted. And if I get in then I'll figure it out from there. So, do I take the plunge?