Satpalparmar got bad grades from an unknown university. He wants to become a researcher. And he asks me for advice.
I got good grades and a Ph.D. from one of the best universities in Canada, so who am I to give advice to people like Satpalparmar?
Nevertheless, here it is.
You do not need a Ph.D. to be a researcher. In fact, the requirement to have a Ph.D. is relatively recent.Â Go visit research labs in most governments and companies, and you will find smart people without a Ph.D. doing research. (I have famous people in mind, but I am afraid to point them out, for fear that they will take it the wrong way.)Â
Here is a recipe that should turn you into a researcher, no matter who you are:
- Read research papers.
- Write and submit some research papers, books, booklets…
- Prepare and give talks in the field, anywhere where they will have you.
- Get involved in the field. Help organize events, conferences. Connect with the researchers.
Build up your resume. Get some recognition.