So after 4 years I still don't know what I want to do, career-wise. I mean, I'm doing stuff currently which supports my addiction to eating and decent health insurance, but there's no friggin' way I could keep being a grunt beyond my early/mid-20's, if only for my self-respect (this is kinda ironic given that I have a great boss, but still...I earn my income hourly and I want something that engages me way, way more).
I'm trying to figure out what to do next, so in the interest of being as narcissistic as possible, I'm throwing together a list of Stuff I Like and Stuff I Don't Like, which I will then consult in a scientific, statistically-based way to figure out what the heck I'll do next.
Stuff I Like:
1) physics, specifically, circuits and classic Newtonian physics/mechanics
3) working WITH people, but not where the work itself directly involves people, and where the actual core of the work is just me by myself
4) earning more than $70,000/year by the time I'm 30 OR earning more than $50,000/year but having great benefits (i.e. academic setting - discounts to gym, university events, libraries, great health insurance/retirement benefits)
5) working in a liberal, academic environment where I can inadvertently wear jeans with a hole just below the ass...and it doesn't matter
6) working at/under 50 hours a week so that I can have a life outside work
7) being in control of my schedule
8) worthwhile job, where 'worthwhile' equals doing somethin' good for humanity and receiving recognition/prestige for this occupation
10) the camraderiewoeijrwer (sp?) of a lab environment
Stuff I Don't Like:
1) theoretical math
2) working exclusively with just women/men
3) being a wage worker
4) pure chemistry/biochemistry
5) having to work on research animals
6) abstract humanities stuff
7) traditional biology or boring stuff like pathways and cellular components and stuff like that
I'm leaning more towards getting a PhD, but I want to get a stronger knowledge of computer science first, because I'm definitely going to need more of a solid programming and statistics background. Probably a second B.S., possibly another year of solid school after to get an M.S.(E?). PhD-wise, here're the things I'm batting around mentally:
- biomedical engineering
- computer science with a sciencey focus
My main concern about this is letters of recommendation. I didn't form a close relationship with any of my professors/TA's during college, so I don't feel comfortable really contacting any of them. Hmph.