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Choosing research area in the interface of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:57 am
by XMM
I'm going to apply for my Master's program in Organic Chemistry. Apparently there's not much careers for a synthetic chemist and medicinal chemist in the upcoming future, so I'm thinking about working with a professor I know on Biochemistry, in particular Proteomics. I can possibly work in the field of Computational Chemistry as well, but only in the context of Biochemistry. I also intend to get a Ph.D abroad.

I'm going to choose this path with the hope that I would be make my options more open, my concern is would this choice actually narrow down my choices too much? Or should I be concerned when I'm going to apply for Ph.D and choose a field there?

Re: Choosing research area in the interface of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:41 am
by PG
Although it is good to look ahead and think abuot your future career options I also think that chosing a topic for your PhD that you are very interested in needs to get priority. Pursuing a masters degree followed by a PhD is too many years and too much effort for it to be possible to achieve unless you chose a topic that you really like.

Also since we are talking about several years to complete these activities the job market may have changed significantly when you are ready. There will always be a need for chemists in different types of positions and there are usually various ways that you can tweek your work and work with your network to adjust your future career path.

In short it is good to look forward and it may be useful to do some form of reallity check of your career plans but dont chose your field of research based on what you think the Labour market will look like in 5-10 years from now.