I went to graduate school and spent 5 years learning about brains. I graduated. I realized I didn’t have a job. I like science. I became a postdoc. There are postdocs in many professions. I am a postdoc in a really amazing laboratory that studies Alzheimer’s disease.
It is awesome.
Here’s the thing: there aren’t really any rules about being a postdoc and I have no clue what I’m doing. Ok, I know what I’m doing–don’t worry, I DID after all get a ph.d. and I know my way around a lab–but how long will I be a postdoc before I have a real job? Will I ever have a real job in academics? Will I have to be a postdoc in more than one lab?
ACK! If only this were a video game! Right now I’m button-mashing and hoping to one day level up my character. I know that power-ups exist somewhere–in the form of data, publications, and grants–but I’m looking at the map and there’s a long road ahead. And my character keeps getting stuck in the corner.
But, this is one RPG that I plan on putting some serious hours into. And if you stick with me, I think I’ll have a pretty good walkthrough put together by the time we’re done. Let’s become master level postdocs.
Press start to begin.