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  • Medical

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  • Legal

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  • Scientific research

    7 5.98%
  • Engineering/applied science

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  • Accounting/applied math

    1 0.85%
  • Social work/childcare/caretaker

    3 2.56%
  • Artist/athlete/performer

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  • Journalism/writing

    4 3.42%
  • Teacher/professor/instructor

    10 8.55%
  • Business/insurance/sales

    5 4.27%
  • Retail/service

    8 6.84%
  • Secretary/administration

    3 2.56%
  • Mechanic/plumber/skilled labour

    1 0.85%
  • Construction/other labour

    2 1.71%
  • Police/firefighter/security

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  • Farmer/forester

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  • Trucker/taxi/other driving

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  • Self-employed (please describe)

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    I teach English to the FUTURE(S) OF AMERICA!
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    Right now I am working in the call center for a major book retailer. My intended careers are manifold: writer, psychologist, mother of five, homeschool advisor, and whatever else I think of in the next ten minutes.

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    Student currently, have applied for a PhD program in behavioural sciences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastrailway View Post
    Heh, that's pretty much what I've done. I'd suggest you PhD rather than MSc, it'll help more enter in research and it's more flexible than a MSc. Plus you'll probably finish with at least a couple of papers.
    Oh cool, what area are you working in? And industry/academia/other? I'm pretty sure I don't want to go academia route but I don't know if I want to aim for corporate/industry or for government. I've worked for a pharmaceutical lab (very productive but high stress) and in a non-lab govt job (low stress but nothing got done)...I'm not sure which is better, I'd really prefer some kind of middle ground.

    I hear you on the pHD being more flexible. The thing is, I don't know if a pHD would be too much flexibility...I want to be left to my own devices and all, but I do like some direction...and I don't want to manage people, I want to do it myself. MSc seems more hands-on while a pHD is all big-picture work, and more theoretical. Also, I've heard that work's a lot easier to find with a MSc (because they don't have to pay you as much, or something...which would be a downfall, yes)...especially in industry.

    Of course this is all from a theoretical basis since I'm still in school and I'm going purely on hearsay. What do you think?

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    I did something pretty big recently that I can't really talk about here that might be an interesting career path.

    I just launched my startup. I will be writing analytical software for the financial markets. I'm a CEO bitch!

    For the time being, I'm a cube monkey.

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    I'm a video game tester and translator and student (ending my bachelor) and lately have been earning money with cycling

    I like these jobs because I only have objectives in a given time frame but I can decide when I want to work or train or study, which means I don't have to stand by somebody else's schedule

    I'll probably get a masters in the same field (economics) but I will never try to get into a PhD program. Too much studying, too much time closed in the office. All the PhD people I see around in my school are nerdy, smoke because they're stressed, very pale in their face cuz they get no sunlight...no thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    Oh cool, what area are you working in? And industry/academia/other? I'm pretty sure I don't want to go academia route but I don't know if I want to aim for corporate/industry or for government. I've worked for a pharmaceutical lab (very productive but high stress) and in a non-lab govt job (low stress but nothing got done)...I'm not sure which is better, I'd really prefer some kind of middle ground.
    I work in a research centre, which project are mostly paid by governmental funds. I'd say this is the middle ground, IMO, I work in a lab, I have flexible hours for work but non-flexible deadlines to finish stuff, we're part of the University, so I can use facilities like library, free access to all databases, etc.
    I'm pretty sure that, I, personally, wouldn't like to work in any non-lab job, but I cannot handle the high stress either. My job now is relatively low stress, usually. I generally think that Universities' labs or other centres under governmental supervision are generally low stress and as productive as you want them to be.

    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    I hear you on the pHD being more flexible. The thing is, I don't know if a pHD would be too much flexibility...I want to be left to my own devices and all, but I do like some direction...and I don't want to manage people, I want to do it myself. MSc seems more hands-on while a pHD is all big-picture work, and more theoretical. Also, I've heard that work's a lot easier to find with a MSc (because they don't have to pay you as much, or something...which would be a downfall, yes)...especially in industry.

    Of course this is all from a theoretical basis since I'm still in school and I'm going purely on hearsay. What do you think?
    What I don't like about MSc, is that they try to give tons of very specialised information, which maybe does prepare you for the industry/private sector, but that's all.
    By doing a PhD you won't be totally on your own, your supervisor will help you to plan your work (mine did help a lot, at least). In Europe (and maybe in other places too), you can choose presenting the thesis in the format of 4 papers, so you will have the papers ready for submission after finishing.
    I agree it's easier to find work with a MSc, but, as you said, they don't have to pay you as much. The thing is, what kind of work are you interested at? I think with a PhD, as a biologist, you have a broader range of choices, while with a MSc you are limited to a very specific area which, if you later wish to change, it might be more difficult.
    And, another factor that has been very important for me, has been that it's lot easier to find funds and scholarships for a PhD and, later, a post-doc, than for a MSc.
    On the other hand you could start with an MSc and later you will see whether you're interested to go on for a PhD or not.

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    Thanks so much for your input. I don't know anyone other than my profs working in research right now, so it's super helpful. I'll have to talk to my prof later about this too, of course. At least I still have almost a year to decide. (Or more if I do Master's first..)
    Quote Originally Posted by lastrailway View Post
    I work in a research centre, which project are mostly paid by governmental funds. I'd say this is the middle ground, IMO, I work in a lab, I have flexible hours for work but non-flexible deadlines to finish stuff, we're part of the University, so I can use facilities like library, free access to all databases, etc.
    I'm pretty sure that, I, personally, wouldn't like to work in any non-lab job, but I cannot handle the high stress either. My job now is relatively low stress, usually. I generally think that Universities' labs or other centres under governmental supervision are generally low stress and as productive as you want them to be.
    That makes sense, that actually does sound like a good medium.
    What I don't like about MSc, is that they try to give tons of very specialised information, which maybe does prepare you for the industry/private sector, but that's all.
    By doing a PhD you won't be totally on your own, your supervisor will help you to plan your work (mine did help a lot, at least). In Europe (and maybe in other places too), you can choose presenting the thesis in the format of 4 papers, so you will have the papers ready for submission after finishing.
    Hmm I was more considering the work afterwards than the actual education, but that's definitely good to know...not a big fan of specialization. I have too many interests for that...
    I agree it's easier to find work with a MSc, but, as you said, they don't have to pay you as much. The thing is, what kind of work are you interested at? I think with a PhD, as a biologist, you have a broader range of choices, while with a MSc you are limited to a very specific area which, if you later wish to change, it might be more difficult.
    And, another factor that has been very important for me, has been that it's lot easier to find funds and scholarships for a PhD and, later, a post-doc, than for a MSc.
    On the other hand you could start with an MSc and later you will see whether you're interested to go on for a PhD or not.
    Ahh I'm already having SO much trouble narrowing down my field. I said endocrinology because that's what my honours project is, but even that's a huge area...and really I like most things involving physiology. Oddly I'm more concerned by the methods than the topic...I'm interested by many areas, but I get bored easily as far as work's concerned!

    I didn't know that about the funding! Good to know, assuming it's the same around here.

    Do you have to manage people? All the pHDs I've known did, and I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with that, although I guess I could learn...I really wish there were jobs where I could just work independently and do my own project from start to finish, but I have a feeling those don't really exist anymore.

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    I work in a corporate office as our department's coordinator. I deal with a lot of reporting, web design, and some VB stuff. Lots and lots of fun.



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