When I moved to Leicester to start my position in the INTREPID programme, this was the first time I lived outside of France. I had no idea that by the end of my contract, I would be moving not only out of the U.K. and France, but outside the E.U. to Canada!
As I prepare for my big move to the Great White North, it is time to start thinking about what I will do after my contract ends. Luckily, my time in the INTREPID programme has given me the opportunity to realize more clearly what I do and don’t like in a job:
What I like
- Doing actual research
- Having a good environment to work in
- Having fruitful collaborations
- Showing how maths can be applied to real-case scenarios
What I don’t like
- Writing blogs – no hard feelings there
- Teaching for other people’s courses
What I don’t mind
- Industry or research, as long as I can do my thing
Knowing this, I have a much better idea of what kind of jobs I will be looking for… or at least which jobs I want to avoid.
Many things have also changed since the beginning of my PhD versus now.
In my first blog post (“The Genesis”), I mentioned how I felt when I learned I was accepted into the INTREPID Forensics programme – I was excited about starting my first real job but also feeling apprehensive that it would be a disappointment. Despite the fact that my research didn’t go quite the way I had hoped, I am still happy to have gone through these experiences, since I got a lot from it – maybe not from the academic side of things, but through all the life lessons, such as what I would or would not do again.
Looking back, I also made some new year’s resolutions during my first year here (“Resolutions and considerations”), with some that I failed and some that I succeeded in. For example, I am happy to report that I kept the mocking of our beloved administrators (both Tom and Alex) to a minimum. I also found that my resolution to try and not work throughout the evening until the early hours of the morning was accomplished easily, once I found balance in my life. Balance was achieved through eating better and doing relaxing things like yoga. This made it easier to control all the brilliant ideas that naturally come to me, so that I could use my nights to actually sleep.
I did fail on my resolution to become more British, but this has been replaced with a new goal to try to become more Canadian. An informal poll has revealed that this can be easily accomplished by apologizing frequently, saying “eh” a lot, pronouncing Toronto as “Tronna”, and being knowledgeable about hockey, the Canadian shield and chinook winds.
I am now looking forward to collaborating with some of my contacts at the University of Toronto, to moving to Canada and experiencing freezing temperatures, and to submitting my thesis in the springtime.