Stéphane Combes : It’s hard work and a very interesting quest
“One takes part for the rigour and the organisation. One derives pleasure from searching for something and finding it. “
Stéphane Combes defended a thesis on law entitled [“The treatment of injuries and diseases of public officials in the public service of national education”] “Le traitement des accidents et des maladies des agents publics au sein du service public de l’éducation nationale”. He gives us his impressions on the doctorate.
What course did you take?
I studied law and political science at doctoral school no. 88 Pierre Couvrat – a research unit of the OMIJ with a specialisation in public law. We have teachers of the highest quality and they have shown great commitment to me. I already have a career. I’m a departmental manager in the civil service where I deal with human resources. It was a real plus for my thesis that I kept my job.
How will the doctorate change your professional life?
I want to extend my professional horizons, whether it’s in the public arena, or whether it’s to make a complete change and go for independence as a lawyer, for example. I passed my doctorate a few weeks ago. I’m still relaxing a bit and taking time to reflect.
What would you say to those who are tempted by the doctorate?
When one embarks on a doctorate, one assumes that it may be a long road. Then one takes part for the rigour and the organisation. One derives pleasure from searching for something and finding it. It’s hard work and a very interesting quest. I really encourage those who thirst for culture and curiosity to embark on a doctorate. You’ll get there, it’s achievable for anyone provided they like a challenge and work hard. After my first degree I worked as a CPA office employee. I would never have believed it if someone would have told me that one day I’d have a doctorate.