It is an exciting thing to be nearing the end of a PhD project. However, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. So many tasks yet to be completed before the project will be “done” and I can submit the thesis. In tandem with completing these myriad tasks, I am also contemplating “what comes next”. There are so many different directions which sound appealing at the moment. I have very much enjoyed this project, therefore a post-doc position which involves research on metamorphic rocks sounds interesting. I very much enjoyed my Master’s thesis project, therefore a project involving structural geology sounds like fun. I also am terribly fascinated with the art of the Migration period, the Viking Age, and the early Middle Ages; therefore I might enjoy making the transition into “geo-archeology” to see what can be learned about trade routes based upon the sources of the materials used, as determined from their chemical compositions. I also like the idea of teaching, and have been working on a “statement of teaching philosophy” to go with an application for a position that has been advertised at school that has an educational philosophy that very much mirrors my own.
I wonder if it would be any easier if I had only *one* direction in which I wished to go? Is it better to spend my precious time allotted for “job search” looking for one, specific, thing, or to send out many e-mails of inquiry in a variety of fields? I have no idea where on the planet I shall be next year, nor what I will be doing, but, given how very many things sound like fun, I suspect that I will enjoy it, whatever, wherever it may be!
But I hope that it is in mountainous area…
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