13 August 2009

Good and Not-So-Good

So, for the past few weeks, a little group of butterflies were flying in my stomach. The reason for this is because I have been following a lead for a potential future job somewhere in some other country. I got notified a couple of weeks ago that I was shortlisted for the position, and they wanted an interview with me.

So, the interview happened. And the net result was that it was a good and not-so-good encounter. I suppose the biggest obstacle is that of timing. It's rather a wrong opportunity at the wrong time.

Let me explain the good thing first. The person I talked to, the head of the project, told me that he was impressed with my dossier. Given where I am right now, as a Ph.D. candidate, having that dossier was impressive. However, given where I am in my dissertation, he felt that a full-time job would not suit me. If I am supposed to work there full-time, then how can I devote time to my dissertation and finish it? At the same time, how can I make sure that I really will work there full time if there is a competing thing around, such as my dissertation?

I see his point. And I like the fact that he is frank about certain obstacles that might come my way. From a hiring point of view, things such as these should be considered, instead of not considering them at all and then these problems come up later.

So he suggested some options, with respect to my dissertation, and how to proceed from this point. Although I do not know whether I like it or not. This needs deep thinking, and consulting with my adviser and my committee.

If there was something good that came out of the encounter, I suppose I am somewhat given assurance by the fact that given my experience, I can impress someone else out there. Hey, he told me that he would be very willing to hire me, if not for this obstacle.

So I don't know. I am starting to think of this dissertation as a burden, and I totally do not want it to go that direction. I am supposed to enjoy this, after all, what comes out of this is my work, my project, my discovery, my contribution to the advancement of science. I should be proud to do this, and it should not be a burden to me.

Oh well, something will come up. I was told by someone else that perhaps the reason why this may not work out is because something better will come up later. But that's just hope. It's in my hands to make that happen. After all, it's true what people say, that God protects the ones who help themselves in their own way.

(The Cavalry, from my DC Memorials Series)


  1. Dissertation as a burdern? No no PhD-candidate, that's risky territory to go...

  2. Of course, I don't have all the details, but to me it seems it comes down to what you really want to do in the near future.

    Sure, studying and completing a PHD is great. But meanwhile, work experience is also valuable, not even mentioning the money...

    I love studying and I'm way below you given that I only completed 4 years at uni. But at one point, I knew I just had to stop and work... for the money and also because academic life was starting to drive me crazy.

    Now I'm back studying part time again, and I love it.

  3. Priyank,

    Of course, I do not want to go to that territory. Never.


    Yes, it all boils down to what I want to do in the future. However, as it seems, I still want to finish this degree since that's the higher constraint. If a current job opportunity is here, but is in the wrong time, then I will most likely reject it.

  4. Hey, you're young and there will be more prestigious jobs waiting for you after your PhD. For now, just focus on finishing your dissertation. I know you won't have a problem concentrating. From the posts I've been reading about you, you're one guy who knows exactly what you want in life. Good luck!

  5. Abaniko,

    Thanks for the kind words. I know, there are various other opportunities in the future, and I may just have been too eager to jump at every tempting opportunity.