The biggest lie we tell students.
Industry or Academia?
People will tell you that you have to choose. Finish your degree and you're set in one path. But that's a lie. There is a job market in between.
Let's talk about research outside of academia
First. This thread was inspired by this fantastic video by Dr Lucy Kissick.
Working as a chemist at the National Laboratory Dr Kissick has found this sweet spot and recovered a love for hobbies talks about teamwork and the magical time of ✨evenings off✨
↔️ The dichotomy of academia and industry
We tell students that there are two paths:
Academia: Do research, long hours, low pay, uncertain future.
Industry: For profit, no autonomy, bags of cash, annoying managers.
But is that all there is?
(Not the one in the uni basements.)
Incredible advancements for humanity and science came out of independent laboratories.
- Bell Labs : nine Nobel prizes
- Scripps Research: 9 approved therapeutics
- CERN: the internet, Higgs boson
and so much more...
🌨️ How does working at ECMWF feel to me?
(compared to Dr Lucy Kissick's vid)
- ✅ Work together toward common goal
- ✅ Rediscovering hobbies
- ✅ Very good compensation
- ✅ Brain relaxes in evenings
- ✅ People care, are curious & smart
Don't believe the dichotomy, there are alternatives!