Too Many Career Options!?!?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: What would you do?
    PhD (interesting but lot of time invested, lifestyle change, maybe risky long term) : (4 votes)
    27 %
    Family Business (could be great or could be terrible familywise depending on the fit) : (4 votes)
    27 %
    Normal Job (virtually no risk, but also not much benefit) : (7 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would choose something that did not require me to work with my family.  Though my parents and I could run an awesome school!!

    Post # 4
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    6812 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Well, personally, if I were an engineer, I’d go to law school and become a patent attorney and make bank.

    But, if that’s not an option, I would go with what interests you and probably never end up in a family business – I hate to mix business with pleasure. 

    Post # 6
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    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Absolutely don’t choose a PhD just because it’d be “interesting”. I can’t stress this enough: only do it if it’s the best path for your future career. And I say that as someone currently in a PhD program!! It was the right choice for me (in my field, it is the only way to have the kind of autonomy that I want), but you have to think of the opportunity cost – the PhD program means 4-6 years of lost wages (i.e., making only a tiny fraction of your worth), plus the “lost years of experience” that would have led to increased salary and ‘rank’ if you had stayed in the working world.  Plus, at least in some fields or if you want to go into academia, the thing to do after a PhD is a “postdoc” – which is also poorly paid. 

    If I were you (i.e., without a HUGELY compelling reason to do a PhD), I’d keep working – and probably pursue a “normal” job rather than working with family.

    But sometimes the heart wants what it wants without regards for financial advancement, and sometimes that’s a PhD. So follow your passion! 🙂

    Edited to add: I just saw your update. Working in a company without direct supervision by family is intriguing, especially if you could possibly take over the company someday. Maybe try it out for a year, to see what kind of fit you have with the company?

     

     

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee

    @lazybee123:  @futuremrsk18:  I second the patent attorney suggestion futuremrsk18 suggested, especially if law is something that interests you.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee

    @lazybee123:  Does the business idea interest you? If it’s not something that’s interesting to you, I would move on–there are other ways to get into business than to work for a company whose work you don’t find interesting.

    Post # 9
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @lazybee123:  I should clarify that I did go to law school, but I didn’t have the science/engineering background needed to become a patent attorney. 

    I say give yourself a full year of working whatever jobs you feel like working, just to feel it out and see what you like/don’t like and what you really want to do and have a passion for. Try working for the faimly business, or try finding another part time job, something that you just want to do bc it seems fun/interesting. You never know what you may end up liking and choosing!  At the end of the year, decide whether you want to go back to school or not.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

    LittleByLittle is right: do the Ph.D. if and only if you are really on fire for it.

    It’s an enormously rewarding experience, but it’s also a long, tough grind. It has to be something you really, really want for its own sake and not just “Meh, nothing better to do, this is the least-unappealing option out of what I’m considering …” (not saying that you are laying out your decision like that, just saying that it should absolutely not be something you default into for lack of a more compelling prospect – the Ph.D. itself needs to be a compelling prospect!

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