Sunday, January 20, 2008

A reflection

I decided to wander over to my neglected blog today to see if it's still hanging around. Sure enough, there it was just as I left it. I know I've said this time and time again but I'm going to try to keep up on my blog. I've just got so many thoughts floating around in my head so why not share them with the masses.

As I was wandering around my blog I came to some realizations. For one, I think most people stumble on my blog looking for help with semicolon usage since my Ode to a semicolon post seems to attract the most attention. Whatever, I'll take it. This is followed by the How to write your thesis in a week post, which cracks me up for some reason. Perhaps because the conversation I had which led me to write that post still makes me laugh.

It does seem though that some other lost soles wander over here looking for advice on what to do after their PhD since the Alternative Careers in Science post and the A PhD outside academia post do seem to get a lot of views. I'm not sure if my advice is helpful or not but it is interesting to see that other people want more out of life than what the ivory tower offers.

Hopefully my future random ramblings have some use.


Jody said...

Well, you're certainly not alone on that one. I think there must be tons of academics out there thinking exactly the same thing. It's a taboo and people simply must break the barriers and eventually just cross over or stay in science. I find a lot of frustrating people in science - I honestly believe that they did started science with a lot of passion, but eventually felt kind of forced into the situation as you climb up the academic ladder. I on the other hand, have had some thoughts about alternative careers in science as well and actually have thought about starting my own business. It's risky and probably will take some time to get going but I think it's definitely worth the risk when you already know clearly what is going to happen to you in 10 years time. We only have so many years of our lives and why live in such a torturous state when you can actually do something about it?

phd theses online said...

Well, I would say that writing a thesis is a complex task. You need to find related literature, take notes, draft the thesis, and eventually write the final document and create the bibliography.