Doctorates following the traditional model still make up the majority of PhDs in Germany compared to structured programmes. For doctoral candidates from abroad, a traditional PhD requires a great deal of initiative, autonomy and tenacity.
The topic can make or break a dissertation. It convinces selection committees, helps earn financial support, and steers a career in the right direction.
Research consultants work in research without the professional risks of a career in academia. The opportunities are often more diverse and promising.