Wednesday, September 17, 2008

First year-itis

A year over at my post-doc. I am a lot of things I said I wouldn't be when I started: demotivated, disappointed, losing interest, floundering aimlessly, have struck off academia as a life-long career option..

I still like what I do. I enjoy science. I love mentoring. I do a great job communicating my science (Whatever little there is).

Am trying to see where I should go next. Not too sure. More later.

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SOTD: So much to say: Dave Matthews

And my hell is the closet Im stuck inside
Cant see the light
And my heaven is a nice house in the sky
Got central heating and Im alright
Yeah yeah yeah cant see the light
Keep it locked up inside dont talk about it
Talk about the weather
Yeah yeah yeah cant see the light............

17 comments:

sepulchritude said...

"...struck off academia..."
Excellent!

"...trying to see where I should go next..."
Find a job for me.

ferret said...

I genuinely want to know why you have struck off academia as an option. I don't have much of a clue abt all this, but still want to know.

ferret said...

oh btw, since u noticed my new profile pic, have to tell that pic represents tolerance,, just got to sit down and write abt it one of these days.

Sakshi said...

Hear! Hear!
I completed a year too and pretty much echo these thoughts. Will post in more detail about it too. May be bounce of your post :)

V said...

If it's any consolation, there are people such as myself who don't need a post-doc to flounder aimlessly in life.

Guy From America said...

"struck off academia"

Wow, that's some pretty poor writing. You guys are easily impressed.

In fact, reading these comments, it's hard to believe you guys are fluent in English at all.

Your inability to communicate in the language of this country would probably prevent you from gaining a job in academia anyhow.

And quoting Dave Matthews lyrics? what are you, like 13 years old?

bongopondit said...

struck off academia as a life-long career option..

Welcome to the club :)


@guy from america: academics should do just fine.....even the leader of the country seems to have a tenuous grasp on its language.

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

sep,
try find a job for you? how much will i get paid for that? :-)

ferret,
some day soon i'll post about it-it might help clarify my own thoughts too..
do write about your pic!

sakshi,
post karo. i have more to write on this, just not ready to deal with all those thought processes yet.

v,
its no consolation yaar. floundering aimlessly is no fun, no matter how many others are in the fray.

bongopondit,
:) its a huge club, i'm aware. :)

chirpy-paaro said...

I am in this club since past one year... :)))

musafir said...

I still like what I do. I enjoy science. I love mentoring. I do a great job communicating my science (Whatever little there is).

you are THE BEST tgfi.

Ni said...

mujhe to aajtak yeh samajh nahi aaya, what I want to do??
I have no idea what I like, so now I have decided, if I cant figure out by the time I am 35, I am going to become a socialite (you know page 3 types).
Oh no, I did not even marry one of those rich guys.... ab main kya karoongi :(

Hugs babe :)

-resident sadist

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

chirpy paaro,
sigh. hugs. hope you find a better club to join. :)

musafir,
thanks. :)

ni,
what happened to the phd plan??? (i hope this blog didn't put you off ;))

Ms Taggart said...

Congrats woman.. You are one of the friends I am proud of and talk to people I know about the work you do(or whatever little of it that I understand!:))
You go, girl!:)

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

ms t,
thanks babe. :)

Anonymous said...

You know what you should do?

Call mummy back home. i'm sure she still find you a fobulous engineer to marry. You can spend your days making nice round rotis for him while he toils away as a code monkey.

Alternatively, you could attempt to write for an indian newspaper. Their command of English is almost as poor as yours.

Anonymous said...

@Anony person above - I would second that marriage bid.
Looking at the American journalists - in print or TV or blogs, it seems that intelligence is not a criteria. Most prefer to talk about inane things rather than important issues.
Unfortunately, this girl has a brain, so she would have to give up the thought of journalism. I think till the boy shows up with the wedding ring, she can harp about ivy league schools.

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

anony @ 4:04
don't feed the troll. the crackpot is good for some laughs, and that's about all.