I have M.Sc. in Mathematics and I was/am working on a PhD for almost 10 years now, but I haven't published a thing. I have many results (most in a single field) and potential paper drafts, but I never finish up and publish because I always find something new to learn or a new problem to research. I left the university eventually and got a part-time job as a data scientist, but I was never satisfied about leaving things open. I was working completely alone and didn't get along well with my advisor.

Today, while I have the time, I lack the discipline and environment to finish. None of my close friends are Mathematicians so can't really talk about math with anybody (besides internet forums). I love math very much, and I'm learning new things all the time, and I want to have my results finally out there, and have my résumé match my skills.

I will be glad to hear any advice, if anybody was in a similar situation, any help will be appreciated.


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    $\begingroup$ Please post this at academia.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$ – Gabriel Romon Sep 6 at 6:02
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    $\begingroup$ Tangential comment, but being a data scientist with a master's in math is a great position to be in. Is it clear that completing the PhD will help your career? That's not totally obvious to me. More on topic, I think completing the PhD depends a lot on whether your previous PhD advisor would be willing to work with you to complete it. $\endgroup$ – littleO Sep 6 at 6:04
  • $\begingroup$ @littleO A PhD or publications are pretty much required to score a research scientist position at FANGs. Definitely worth it if one is interested in this kind of job. $\endgroup$ – Gabriel Romon Sep 6 at 8:03

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