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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    I decided to not limit this to the ask an absolutely nutso madman ENTP thread.

    Does anyone know much about think tanks? I've done some research, but it seems the information about what they do eludes me. From what I know them, this sounds like an ideal position for me- using my knowledge in practical ways to solve big and small problems, while working with people in a creative environment. What's not to love?

    I have a feeling this thread may die very, very easily, but any information is better than no information.
    What do you think a think tank does? Or what specifically do you want to do?

    Since you're college aged (you are right?) you can use your career development office/alumni/alumnae network to do information interviews. Internships are also great. 9 to 1 you won't be doing the work you're envisioning but you will get a very good idea of the culture, work place atmosphere, and observe what a think tank does and how it functions.

    In a think tank you're basically going to be doing work similar to an academic track with the added flair of politics. This sounds deathly dull to me ENxP brethren but if policy work lights your flame you still have more options than a think tank.

    Actually when you said this: "using my knowledge in practical ways to solve big and small problems, while working with people in a creative environment. What's not to love?" I totally did not get 'think tank'. I thought 'start-up' and then 'NGO'. Hell, join the Peace Corps, the UN, Pssh, you could even join the World Bank if that runs along your personal political spectrum. Work in elected office.

    Or is it just that you like troubleshooting and showing off your smarts to fix things? Be a consultant and join one of the big firms. You'll make much better money and feed a healthy ego.

    Do you want to be a 'doer' or an 'advisor'? Basically do you want to be implementing and directing the work itself or do you want to be telling other people how to do it?

    I get the feeling your vague first stirrings of what you "want to do with your life" can be done in many more ways than just a think tank.
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    @entropie you are the best. I am surprised no one has done this yet.

    That being said:

    @Lark that is so depressing. Apparently I am extremely misinformed/projecting my ideals.

    @CzeCze I think being a consultant for anyone would be great. I wouldn't really want to be tied down tough. I wish I could be like Jane and be a consultant for crime scenes!

    Why would I want to tell people what to do? That gives room for me to be forced to make erroneous demands of others. I would like to tell people how to do do things right.

    Ideally? My most ideal job of all? Be a complete idea person. Just come up with idea after idea after idea and hope someone likes them enough to use the right tools and knowledge to make it happen.

    Sadly, I doubt that will ever happen for me.
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    Ideally? My most ideal job of all? Be a complete idea person. Just come up with idea after idea after idea and hope someone likes them enough to use the right tools and knowledge to make it happen.
    You mean like a public intellectual of sorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    You mean like a public intellectual of sorts?
    I think so? I don't know much about them.
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Be an academic on your own terms. You can write papers amd articles all day. As a PhD candidate you get more pull when it comes to gettting pjblished especially if your ideas are "of the moment" controversial or fits in to some big groups ideaology. This may not be a full time "job" however sonce you wont get paid much likely. But you can spend all day coming up with ideas on your own :P
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    BUT I DO THAT ALREADY!

    So basically, I keep living, but with more degrees and prestige.
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    I decided to not limit this to the ask an absolutely nutso madman ENTP thread.

    Does anyone know much about think tanks? I've done some research, but it seems the information about what they do eludes me. From what I know them, this sounds like an ideal position for me- using my knowledge in practical ways to solve big and small problems, while working with people in a creative environment. What's not to love?

    I have a feeling this thread may die very, very easily, but any information is better than no information.
    For a long, long, long time I figured that this would pretty much be the perfect career for me

    Think tank

    I could do that all day every day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    For a long, long, long time I figured that this would pretty much be the perfect career for me

    Think tank

    I could do that all day every day
    But then......?
    Excuse me, but does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    But then......?
    They weren't hiring

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