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In Italy, many graduates feel that the title of ‘doctor’ could destroy their job chances. Fabio Turone talks to Matteo Piolatto about the double-edged sword that is a PhD.

A PhD, the crowning glory of academic achievement, should be something to be proud of. But in Italy, it can become a burden when you are looking for a job.

Indeed, some PhD holders prefer to omit their title from their CV, stating instead that they’ve spent three years ‘in work’, which sounds more attractive to many employers. The situation has even been turned into a movie. In the 2014 comedy film Smetto Quando Voglio (I Can Quit Whenever I Want), young academics decide to use their knowledge to develop and sell smart drugs to make ends meet when they cannot find work in industry.

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