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I AM GOING TO DO IT

I took the year off from applying for academic jobs last year. I just couldn't stomach it, and was way too busy with experiments to have the gumption and energy.

I've also felt like, to some degree, I haven't had a clear picture of my desired trajectory. I've had a couple of discussions about this with my current boss, and the thing is, she is 100% great. Last week she said, "I think you and I should go over your job application materials soon," so we made an appointment to do so and she said to send her copies regardless of their current state. Spending those 9 months working with TZ was also pivotal. I have moved in some very positive directions.

I still struggle with confidence, but at the same time I feel like I am in a much better position now to go for it. I've been able to spend more time thinking here, and reading some key pieces of the scientific literature. Getting to work with stable isotopes is also nicely rounding out my scientific toolbox to the point where I am feeling like I have the skills I need to move forward with the systems I want to study.

I'm going to take it as a good omen that a job ad for an awesome job also just appeared in my e-mail inbox. LET'S DO THIS.

Also, as J said yesterday, "If I waited until I was completely ready before I did anything, I would never get anything done."

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annikusrex
Jun. 15th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
YES! You know I want you to do whatever makes you happy, but I think most hiring committees would be stupidheads not to see your talents, skills, accomplishments, and brains and want them for themselves.
shellynoir
Jun. 15th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Someone needs to do a study on testosterone and confidence and risk taking.

Someday.
bluepapercup
Jun. 16th, 2016 02:57 am (UTC)
It's that balance between being completely ready and "ready enough". It sounds like now you are "ready enough". Go get 'em!
sandokai
Jun. 16th, 2016 08:52 pm (UTC)
Good wishes on the job search! Academic job searching is tough but I hope you find something great.
thewronghands
Jun. 17th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
Best of luck! Pompoms!
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