rwsjyiy Posted November 10, 2015 Share Posted November 10, 2015 I am currently struggling with what I am going to do after finishing working as a tech. I really enjoy working in a lab setting and I want to continue that in some facet. Graduate school has always been an option for me, but with my 2.8 undergraduate GPA, I'm not even an option for any PhD programs, and I could maybe get into a Master's program (although, because of the cost, I would rather avoid this unless it were a necessity for further career development). I have an excellent technical background and that stems from my lab courses, undergraduate research (although it was mostly dry lab work and no papers or awards came out of it) and the lab tech position that I hold now. My current PI is very successful and has a large presence in his field, but is of the belief that med school and PhD programs are the only two options after working as a lab tech. I have been working in this lab for almost a year and will probably get on a paper, but I feel like I could do more. My PI agrees and wants me to stay another year, but I am not sure how beneficial it will be to me, if I will never be a competitive grad school candidate. I am additionally under a lot of external pressure to be somewhere else by next Fall (i.e. S.O. who lives in another state, and parents who I currently live with). I am also afraid of not being academically ready for graduate school. I am definitely more mature and focused than I was as an undergrad, and I am considering taking a few courses (undergrad or graduate) to try and prove that. If anyone has any advice about post tech year decisions or stories of their own please share. Thanks guys and sorry for the rambling post. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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