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I am unsure of what would be the best use of my time during a gap year which I plan to take before I apply to Ph.D. programs in chemistry. During the gap year I will be studying for and taking the GRE, working on the NSF-GRFP, working on applications, etc. But I would really like to be working as well to help pay off student loans before I enter graduate school. I was originally thinking of applying for full time entry level jobs but am now considering working as a research assistant. I could either continue my research at my current institution or try a new lab elsewhere. What would help my a
Hi all, This is a multi-part question! I am in the third year of my PhD program and I am feeling torn still about pursuing academia vs. non-academic positions. I still have a ways to go in my program, and will no doubt cast a wide net in terms of my job search down the road, but I feel it's important to address these things now so I don't get to the end of my program and feel unsure. My first question is: if I ultimately decide to seek out a career outside academia, is it recommended or necessary that I do a post-doc in a related position, or should I go right on the job market? Se