I enrolled in classes again, and this time it's for my PhD. I already make a decent salary, but I know that if I want to grow in this company, I need to get my doctorate. All the higher-ups have them, and all our new scientists have one too. It sucks that I have to get caught up in a degree arms race, but around here it's just par. It's going to take a long time, probably 4-5 years since I'm still working full time, but my employer will pay for it and maybe even find a way to make a work project thesis-worthy. At least now I can stop taking calls from recruiters.