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You won't like me when I'm calm.

Whew, it's been a crazy day so far and it's only (already?) 10.

The guys are here to do the countertops, yay! I WILL HAVE FLAT SURFACES IN THE KITCHEN AGAIN~ Sink and dishwasher will definitely be completed tomorrow. I also spent quite a while on the phone with my aunt this morning, who was very helpful and supportive about job searching and suggested looking into things like freelance writing, looking for job postings for technical writing, communications, and PR, because companies always need people to write up things for them and that might be much more enjoyable than doing straight scientific research. I agree with this assessment, because I would much rather spend my life writing than just about anything else. So at least that's a good place to start! I will still be looking into (and probably applying for) some of those planetarium jobs, but at least this is somewhere else to start looking, which is very helpful and much better than sitting around and bemoaning the fact that I don't know what I want to do, right? XD

Haha, it's like a roller coaster ride, geez. Life, what are you.

And hey, I even found a prompt or two over at capkink I might feel like filling. Yay?

All right, now I have to go keep an eye out for the landscaping guy and waylay him until Mom gets here to tell him what she wants done. Gee, it's almost like I actually own a house... except I don't. XD

Okay, but FTW, the guy installing the countertops totally recognized that the vanity plate on my car is from DS9. That is awesome. 8D


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Oct. 4th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about doing a public policy fellowship? I know a lot of graduate students who have gone this route. Maybe you're not really interested in politics, but I feel that this is a great way to make sure that science is an important part of the government, and I know a lot of students at UCLA who have gone on to work for various government institutions doing science outreach, science consulting, policy research, etc. I think it might fit your bill if you enjoy technical writing, communications, and PR more than actual research.

There's the Congressional Science Fellowships for the APS and the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship amongst many, many others. There's a better list here.

The other option is seeing if you get can get a job at a journal. I have no idea how many physics/astronomy journals there are, but if there are any openings for writers or entry-level copy editors or something, that might also be a good venue for you to go and look for a job. Lots of options open for Ph.D.s these days. Good luck.

Edited at 2011-10-04 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that, exactly - thank you so much for those lists! I will definitely take a look. I just think I'm so much better at writing than research, I'd rather leave that to people that really enjoy it and and are much more creative with that aspect of it, and put what I'm really good at to work for them. Because you're right - I'm not all that excited about politics, but I do think it's very important to represent science, and that takes good writing! o/
Oct. 4th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
A lot of what goes in the policy fellowships isn't necessarily directly being involved in politics, but seems to be more drafting policies, consulting for science policy, etc. Basically being able to synthesize information so people can understand what's going on.

The careers you can end up in seem pretty varied, as I know people who have ended up doing science outreach for the National Institutes of Health, and someone else doing biological weapons prevention and response policy for the State Department. It seems like the policy fellowship in general just opens a lot of doors if you're interested in the more practical side of science, and I think it's important that scientific policy be well-represented at the government level, because god knows some of our congressmen are total uneducated idiots, and need all the help they can get in that arena.

But yeah, it's one of the things that there are a lot of positions opening up for, and I think you should apply. Just about everybody I know who has gotten one has gone on to work for some government branch. There are tons of opportunities, so I would definitely apply by the relevant deadlines. Especially since you're better at writing than research, I think you could get an awesome position at say, succinctly presenting the current state of research in your field to policymakers or something like that. :)

Anyways, good luck! I hope you apply, all the people I know who have ended up doing the policy fellowships have been really happy with their choice.
Oct. 4th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Well then that actually sounds pretty fun.

It's all a little daunting, seriously, to just kind of sit here and go, "WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE?" (I'm sure you know the feeling. <333) But It's definitely a very good place to start - a lot of lawmakers are so woefully uneducated that it makes me want to cry. FIXING THIS WOULD NOT BE A BAD THING. Making money while doing it might be even better. ;D After all, if I want to be a novelist, I need a day job first.

Thank you, seriously! It's a really good start, and something I will definitely take a look at!
Oct. 4th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I'm sad it wasn't on your radar earlier, but I think it's something you should try out, and I'm glad you know about it now! (Deadlines might be soon though, so you might have to scramble a bit.) It'll pay you for a year or two, and you can figure out whether you like being in public policy, or doing something else. And the pay isn't terrible, either, and you get to be somewhere awesome, like DC. If you decide you don't like working in policy, there's no obligation to continue.
Oct. 4th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Well, considering I thought I was just going to do postdocs or something after I graduated, I'd never thought about it! I ended up going the science route because at least it paid for school, because I couldn't have paid for grad school myself. Everyone always told me science paid the bills, writing didn't.

I don't regret it at all, and even if I miss deadlines this year, I can always look into it next time applications come up. I'll find something! (Admittedly I would like to stay out here where it's warm, but DC is pretty damn cool, too.)

Edited at 2011-10-04 09:21 pm (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
What IS the vanity plate on your car anyway?
Oct. 5th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
This~ :D I found a place that made Star Trek vanity plates way back when I discovered FL only required a back plate.
Oct. 5th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
LOL! And you even have the USS-Defiant part on it!
Oct. 5th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
8D I love it~ Although it makes some people think I'm in the Navy or something... I have been asked that before and I always go, "Buh?" before I realize why they're asking.
Oct. 5th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
LOL! I wonder if there actually _IS_ a USS Defiant.
Oct. 5th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
An initial search on Google only pulls up Star Trek, so I'm leaning toward no? XD

Edited at 2011-10-05 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
XD It is a cool name for a ship.
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