Hope me with my lifeplan Bunnies!
Since you all are such a wise lot I wish to ask your advice about what I should after my PhD.→
I'm torn between a post-doctoral fellowship that I would take in either California or Hawaii solely for the climate and activities. I love being outside, diving, hiking and I think I could get into surfing and biking given the right environments. The people that seem to live in those places possess characteristics that I enjoy like environmentalism and certain laissez-faire attitude. I mean, who wouldn't want to live somewhere sunny and warm and full of cool people?
On the other hand, I could get a job in industry where I can make boatloads of money but might not get to live somewhere warm. I seriously dislike the cold, despite being Canadian, and am looking to get away, hence the post-doc in Hawaii idea. I have a friend at GSK in West Chester PA or thereabouts that I could hit up for an interview. His wife has connections at Astra Zeneca in the same area. I have a vague connection at Genentech in SF as well that I suppose I could exploit if required. And I have another connection as a "science writer" who has been trying to recruit me and my friends for the company he works for, he's in NY or Jersey.
A third choice is a post-doc overseas in Europe, Australia or Japan. I'm in Cancer Res and would like to stay there. Non-cancer based research is not an option for me, I wouldn't care as much about it as I do cancer.
Some pertinent info:
- I don't want to be a PI but could see myself staying at the bench as an associate.
- I like the "finer things" in life so that's why the money is such a draw for me.
- I'm single so I don't have to worry about moving an SO or kids.
OK bunnies, gimme all teh advice, anecdotes, random info, whatever that you can.