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hang in there folks... it gets better

Postby P. Lues » Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:51 am

Well folks, I did it! I landed the entry level dream job. It took 2 years post PhD and some crappy awful job working under some questionable characters. But I did it! To all you jaded and cynical folks starting out their careers I want to say hang in there and don't give up. You will figure out a way. Just keep at it and you will figure it out. I still have a long road ahead as dream job doesn't pay a whole lot and the title isn't much. But it's exactly the type of job I wanted all those years wondering the academic wilderness not knowing what the heck I was doing with my life.

I also want to say everything you end up doing can be a learning opportunity you just have to figure out how to leverage it to your advantage. Even that crappy dead end job helped me get my current job because it looked good on paper. And although I hated every second of it, I learned how to spot shady business practices and how to deal with that toxic work place culture. I'm going to do my best to avoid that type of environment in the future. I was naive and it opened my eyes. Everything is an opportunity to learn and grow. Even the crappy stuff you end up doing.

Best of luck to you folks and keep plugging at it. You will get there eventually. Probably sooner than you think.
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Re: hang in there folks... it gets better

Postby Dave Jensen » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:32 pm

Thanks for coming back and telling us what happened. Good news for you!

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Re: hang in there folks... it gets better

Postby Dave Walker » Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:06 pm

Even six months away from the bench I am starting to forget the negativity and hopelessness that seemed to be everywhere. A post like this is always a good idea.

Like anyone else, I spent a long period of time looking for a job without any success. As in, zero. As in people telling me on the phone, "Your career path sounds great, I can't help you in any way but keep in touch every two months or so." Or worse: "you really can't do this -- you need at least one postdoc. Better with two." I had several unpleasant "plan B" postdocs lined up. It was not what I wanted; it was going to be lousy. I figured they could marginally be better than grad school.

Then I took a long shot on an ad for a job in sales and in the interview I gave it everything I had, scared to death thinking about the lousy postdoc that was waiting for me. And the rest was history.

And really, truly, the only advice I could have given myself before would be the same everyone gave me: "Just keep at it." If you keep at it long enough and don't get jaded, you will get exactly what you want. Similar to what I've learned in sales, there's room enough out there for everyone...just find your spot.
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