What will happen in a few months when the 3 years of INTREPID funds ends?! The lab work has to cease and I’ll be given up to a year to write the thesis, possibly while unemployed. I like that you get up to year to write the thesis, especially as I think my lab work will continue right up until the end of September. But does that really mean that come October 01 2017 I will have gone from being a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow in Physics to an unemployed ‘writer’ staring out of my kitchen window for inspiration. I hope not. So in this, the busiest of periods in a PhD, I’m already applying for Post-Docs, research grants, funding and other Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. As nice as getting up mid-morning, staying in my dressing gown all day, writing a paragraph or two over a few hours, and being able to watch all the sport TV can muster (day or night) might be, I’m really hoping for some luck in at least one of my proposals. Who knows though. We shall see. For now the future remains a mystery… But I couldn’t have been given a better opportunity to set myself up for future employment than INTREPID. People say that it’s not luck that gets you to where you are, but hard work and deserving it. I’m sure there were many unsuccessful applicants of INTREPID who were very deserving, so I do believe the 10 of us were lucky to get this opportunity. It’s up to us to make the most of it now it’s finishing.