This is my first time posting to this website in many many years (I was a member as an undergraduate student and regularly visited this website). I am looking for some career advice
, or for someone who has experienced something similar.
I currently work at a major university as an Assistant Professor. I have worked at the same university since 2012 (received my masters degree in 2011) but was recently promoted to Assistant Professor after receiving my PhD in Nursing Science in 2015. I received my PhD degree from an extremely reputable and well known university. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my PhD program, I have not enjoyed my job as an Assistant Professor, which heavily focuses on conducting research (writing grant proposals, conducting research, and writing articles for publication). I love the flexibility and autonomy of working in a university setting, but dearly miss working with patients and people. Most of my job as a researcher is spent sitting behind a computer in my office.
I have thought about leaving my university job for many months but am hesitant. I worked extremely hard to get my PhD and feel like I am letting myself down by not doing research. Moreover, my job pays me an extremely healthy salary (over $100K) and am a little wary of taking a big pay cut.
I am wondering if there is anyone else on this site who has had a similar experience where they earned their PhD but did not like working in academia and took a job elsewhere. I don't want to work as a floor nurse again, but am wondering if there is another job that would involve more patient interaction and where I could translate the skills and talents acquired during my PhD.
Thanks for any insights or suggestions!
Nov 16, '16
You would have to agree that the position you presently hold is a coveted one among the hoards of Ph.Ds and DNPs pounding the pavement these days and having to settle for subsistence adjunct positions with no benefits.
I know my words are of no consolation but I do wish you well and urge the audience to PM you with any substantive and creative information you can provide.
Last edit by Buyer beware on Nov 16, '16
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