>Why don't you do a trade and end the bs? The too old argument, but does that really apply in the trade you want to do?
Because if you closely read my post, you will notice that I have been involved in university stuff for over ten years now and I most certainly will not start an apprenticeship when I have a PhD. It's not like I don't like my line of work or don't earn any money, but with respect to what amount of work I had to put in, it wasn't worth it, but the major point is simply that university is not like it was decades ago. Having a (rather worthless) bachelor's degree is like having Abitur twenty years ago.
With the need for more university degrees they didn't do anything to have better education, they just lowered the standards. Trades are not glamorous, and every half-brained monkey needs to go to university.
That leads to people - born and grown up in Germany - not being able to form a straight sentence. I don't even look for orthography and punctuation anymore. You get people who would probably be overchallenged pushing a button in a factory. I mean, we were already pretty dumb, but those people I had the misfortune of having to supervise are really not fit for anything beyond the very simplest tasks. Once I had to show one of them how to use a sponge to clean something (practical lab course). And that is only one factor; the other is uni politics in general, especially over the last year we could perfectly see how everyone wants to cover their ass and not take any responsibility whatsoever, so all the institutes were left on their own. I could also never be a professor because that means having to play by those politics and kissing asses and attending all those bullshit meetings and events. Of course you have those cases were someone is built from the ground up, doing their Diploma, their PhD and then they get fast-tracked to Junior Professor. Or when a woman is being passed around as an example of women in science just because she's a woman. I mean, she's smart enough to grab all the goodies that come with it, but she also damn well knows why she's being presented everywhere.
Then you of course have the anglo-invented principle of "publish or perish". I have exactly two first author publications. Of course, I am co-author on like 15 or 20 more, but that doesn't matter. People will fabricate results to get more funds or to just not get their funds cut. There is a culture of competition among scientists and I don't like that. In my opinion knowledge is there to be shared and university research should be a collaborative effort of everyone. I get that a pharma company will keep hush-hush and not tell anyone and do their thing because naturally they need to sell that shit after all that R&D, but that's industry, and uni is not industry and I hate how everyone is forced to go forth. Science is not always positive results. You can conduct research for years and still land at a dead end without any fault of yours. But in my opinion this should be as valid as a positive results because you can say "we tried this and that and nothing came out of it, so we can say that all this stuff doesn't work" - provided your methodology was sound, of course.
Sorry you had to read my unstructured ramblings, I probably forgot a lot of things I wanted to say. I am tired and angry.