Jump to content

  • Log in with Facebook Log in with Twitter Log in with Windows Live Log In with Google      Sign In   
  • Create Account

Submit your paper to J Biol Methods today!
Photo

Route to Academia


  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 hianghao

hianghao

    Veteran

  • Active Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 106 posts
0
Neutral

Posted 13 May 2014 - 05:27 PM

Hi all! I am  Hiang Hao and I need some advice from you all.

 

I have just got my PhD (Molecular Entomology) last month. However, I've been working full time for work 10 months in a pest control company, which has nothing to do with "molecular" work (after sending my thesis). I work there because I have no other better options: research assistance with 2000 bucks a month (renewal every 3 months based on availability of grant), while this company offers me 8500 bucks a month with profit sharing & 13th month salary. I've been looking for post-doc but there is no vacancy in related field. Moreover, because my wife is pregnant, I want more stable job than job with contract that has to be renewed once every 3/6 months.

 

However, i feel little accomplishment frm the works i do sad.png . Through these months I realised that I prefer researching and publishing more (I have only 3 publications though sad.png , due to improper planning), than talking to and training layman, and comforting/explaining to clients who have unreasonable expectations. 

 

I am planning to work my way to colleges/universities with research grants (Molecular Biology). However, I am still bound to this company for 1 year. How possible is this because there'll be a huge gap between my graduation and the end of contract? I will achieve nothing related to Molecular Biology within this period. And what can I do within this year to improve myself and achieve something in Molecular Biology so that the chances of me going to Academia is higher. I realise that the pay in Academia will be lower than my current pay, but it is okay for me.

 

Thank you!



#2 Inbox

Inbox

    Veteran

  • Active Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 326 posts
21
Excellent

Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:01 PM

In this case choosing contract research related job may keep up your hopes of academic career. But yes there's financial risk taking involved. Other option is try for Post-Doc from same job if you get it, you have better option plus less economic risk.


Edited by Inbox, 13 May 2014 - 09:01 PM.





Home - About - Terms of Service - Privacy - Contact Us

©1999-2013 Protocol Online, All rights reserved.