So, here I was, almost a year into my 2nd postdoc. It was going fine. I learnt a lot of new stuff, more importantly, doing experiments and handling live organisms. I was facing more work pressure than before. But, it was going fine, until one day I went into an existential crisis (just like the pic above :P). I realized that my personal life with my boyfriend still existed in the virtual world, time was passing by and not much of a progress had been made. It was one of those days when I was down and of course, I brought my boyfriend down with me. 😛 I told him that I couldn’t go on like this and that I needed a plan. I needed to know when and how we would start building our lives together in the same place. I needed to have a timeline, needed to know when our respective postdoc lives would end so that our real happily ever after could begin. I also needed a plan for my future career. I had to know where I was going and what I would be doing a year and a half later.
I was a mess and so we ended up having a long conversation about all this. We’re still in the process of figuring out the details of exit strategies from our postdoc lives. But hey, at least we’ve started working on it. The idea is for both of us to secure a job a year and a half from now. He is definitely targeting academia and I am still debating about industry or academia. But, we have started taking it seriously and started looking for options. We don’t know how it’ll pan out, or even, how much time it will take. But, we want to have a shot in Canada and of course in India.
There’s a lot of work to be done, universities and job advertisements to short list, cover letters and research proposals to write and informational interviews to conduct. But, we’re finally ready to head right in. Wish us luck!