Jonathan Yewdell gave a talk in our department with the attractive title “How to succeed in science without trying”. Naturally I wanted to go - since he was basically describing my PhD.
Alas, it wasn’t as funny as I hoped it would be.
Bear in mind that your friends, ladies and gentlemen, who are just as ambitious and hard working as you, but work in industry, not science, will earn more money sooner. Will earn more money full stop. Will have better positions, job security and, oh yeah, a pension. Maybe even a little time on their hands for crazy things like hobbies or a family.
80 hour weeks should be the norm, not the exception. I poke the girl sitting next to me and give her the ‘Yeah. Right.-eyebrow’. She goes, ‘Oh well, at least it’s not 120, right’. I blink. Then nod. Slowly.
Next, we hear about dim future prospects even after years of training and tiny salaries. And please let’s not forget the aggressively competitive climate dominated by hierarchies and backyard policies rather than the desire to expand knowledge.
I look around. Nobody seems frightened. Faces content. Smug.
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