In many (if not all) research doctorate programs, we are indirectly taught that we must not pause or stop unless we plan to lose.
Specifically, there’s always something that you could do better. Another paper that you can write. Another research paper and another conference to attend. Occasionally, you’re reminded to have a balance – to not let the process consume you
I completed my research doctorate in December 2018 and I started actively searching for opportunities once I’d defended my dissertation. The first thing I had to decide is what I wanted to do and how did the PhD prepare me for this career path?
It’s January 2019 and I have a much clearer picture on how my educational background has prepared me for the career paths I’m interested.
Now I have to remember the occasional lesson that my mentors and professors taught, which is to make sure I don’t let the process consume me.
It is difficult but I believe it’s important to set an expectation early before the actual career starts – work is important but it should not consume all aspects of your life.
My natural tendency is to do much more than necessary – I do this in all areas of life – so in order to make sure I’m seeking balance I have to remind myself to be balanced in the job search.
I’m excited about the opportunities that I have and I know that I’ll do great wherever I land.
Whenever I apply to a position, I make sure my application materials present the best version of me and I don’t think about who else may apply and their qualifications.
In all I do, I attempt to learn and become a better version of me…the job search is no different.