In the larger scheme of things, I’m almost done my Ph.D. All that’s left is writing one article, writing my thesis and then defending it. After 6 years (2 years for a Masters, 4 years for this Ph.D.), I can finally see the finish line. What I have a tougher time seeing is beyond the finishing line.
Seven months ago, I applied for postdoctoral funding with the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). Basically, I submitted a research project with an leading researcher to a funding body and asked them to pay my salary for two years. A few weeks ago, I got news that I was one of the 51 applicants out of 131 to be granted this award. Because this research was to take place in the States, I was awarded approximately $26 000 USD per year, for two years, to do research.
Things change in seven months. For me, that was deciding to move to Toronto with my girlfriend and getting excited at the prospect of having to challenge myself beyond academia and potentially redefining my career direction. After some intense introspection and discussion, I decided this postdoc was not the right direction for me and respectfully declined the offer.
This was a difficult choice but I feel the right one.
Now, I plan on chronicling this new journey I’m about to undertake. The decision of leaving the comfort and familiarity of academia at the end of a Ph.D. is one taken by many, but like most journeys, it’s different for everyone. I’m not exactly sure where I want to go, but I’m sure I’m going exciting somewhere!