27 and a PhD

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Grad school linkie goodness

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Hello there, awesome reader. My name is Dr. 27. I'm older than that now, but I'm staying faithful to the origins of the blog.

This blog started 2 months before completing my PhD in a pretty southern university back in 2009. It was a way to practice my writing and take a break from all things thesis. My PhD is in a branch of structural biology where I studied some rather impressive stuff.

After completing the degree, I packed my life of 6 years in 3 days and moved to Canada to do a postdoc in a completely different field. Two years later, and after attending a lot of seminars, workshops and doing some much-needed soul-searching, I ended up getting out and looking for an alternative path to academia and industry.

The blog chronicles my mishaps, ideas, musings and tips on entering, staying and finishing grad school. It also talks about some (or a lot) of personal stuff. For a while, the blog became a place to talk about the frustrations of not knowing what to do after PhD. I wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional paths of research (academia, industry and goverment) whilst going back to my field of training (if at all possible). Eventually a job materialized. Follow my quest as I navigate the waters of being a staff scientist at a core facility.

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Short entry to highlight some very useful links to incoming grad students and those of you considering grad school. Keep these in mind as you think of your future career after the PhD:

  1. Start here to get a better grasp on what’s a PhD and the current state of higher education. Via Nature Blogs & Bob O’Hara
  2. The PhD question, by Bug Girl.
  3. The 50-must read blogs prior to entering grad school.

The reason I’m posting this is that I wished I could have had these resources when I started grad school. I wish I could have had a different perspective and done more to become proficient in areas other than plain research. I wish I could have taken the courses, workshops and gotten certifications that would make me more attractive to paths and carreers outside of the academic and industry world. I hope that this is where I’m heading now … but I wish I hadn’t had as many growing pains as I did. Yeah, yeah, it’s all part of the natural process … but in my book, planning is of utmost importance, and for such it is better to have as much information as possible. Click away!

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2 Comments

  1. Chen Guttman says:

    Hey Dr,
    Good post – I think, too, that many PhD candidates are not familiar with the demands and outcomes of a PhD degree.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Chen

    • Dr. 27 says:

      Thanks Chen!! I think if I’d done research before going to gradd school I might have gotten out with a Master’s … but, you live and learn, right? My pleasure and thanks for visiting!

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