When people ask me what I’m doing ‘for a living’ I tell them about my PhD, as that is what I’m doing with my life at the moment. Some people know what it is, others don’t, but not many people know what you can do after this, or wonder specifically what I am going to do after this. And I am one of those people.
I know there are plenty of options for people with a doctorate, including post-docs, RA’s, lectureships and supportive roles in Universities, but also, outside academe, I hope there will be some organisations where I could make myself useful. And that I think is the key. I am open to a lot of different jobs, as long as I can make myself useful. I want to contribute to developments that will change or transform the way we think about ourselves, others and society as a whole. I want to help bring about change in the way we view employment and unemployment, how we consider citizenship rights on the basis of an employment status, and I want to be able to think about solutions that help people deal with the situation until change has taken place.
There is a wide variety of roles within organisations, research groups and universities that would allow me to do this, but it is still a matter of finding the right job opening or opportunity at the right place at the right time. I have recently sent out an application for a role outside of academe, that I loved from the first few lines in the first paragraphs. I would absolutely love to be able to work on projects that deal with digitalisation in marginalised communities (which is what this role was about).
In a way I’d like to answer “Everything I want” to people asking these question, because it feels like I can and want to put my skills to use in almost every line of work in almost every kind of field as long as it matches my drive and passion for change. I know it’s not true, but I’d like to think that, and I can keep thinking that for at least a few more months. Until finding a job becomes much more pressing, although I hope to have found my perfect match by then, starting hopefully somewhere in September. I’m ready to take on a new challenge, I want to do everything. But perhaps nothing for a few weeks after completion, just reading books for fun while enjoying the warmth of a fire place in a cottage on the Isle of Skye…