Our own awareness of our primary driving force is perhaps of greatest help when we need to make tough career decisions.
"My reputation in the eyes of the very people who could determine my future may be at stake, but we postdocs would be very foolish indeed if we only pursued one opportunity at a time."
Whilst I deliberate on my next move, the view from this narrow ledge is interesting.
Now is the time to make the most of getting published, even while unpaid.
I am using the time wisely and, right now, I feel like I'm the lucky one
Fancy having a Ph.D. and not being able to get a job!
Temporary unemployment presents an unparalleled chance for change and for wiping your slate clean.
We postdocs, all of us, live under the recurrent if not constant threat of a more or less major career meltdown; a run of bad luck can spell disaster.
This slimmed-down lab notebook means I don't have to waste hours every week neatly writing lengthy prose describing every detail of what I have done.
True, we might not have nice bonuses or many of the other benefits that more commercially employed citizens have, but we may have very some real - if not so obvious - fringe benefits.
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