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    Some questions to help you decide:

    What was your plan as you were going for you PhD? Did something change, and if so, why? What type of work is rewarding to you? Does your education offer you the opportunity to make the world better in some way?

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    what part of your work is more interesting to you, the genetics or the microbiology? I know, they kind of go hand-in-hand, but would you rather be working on, say, infectious diseases, or genomes? Do you see yourself in a lab, in an office, out in the field...?

    also..take comfort in the fact that you're WAY ahead of the game as far as finding a science job. from what I discovered through my recent job search, it's very difficult if you don't have at least a master's; PhDs are relatively high in demand.
    -Emily

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    I kinda know how you feel Pyro. Except I haven't gotten as far as you. :P I can't decide what I want my career to be....sooooo many choices though.
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    Pulling the party line? What's that mean?

    Lol, I had no idea CDC was government lol

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    People want to achieve success, but in many cases they don't prepare in advance for what they should do when they finally succeed. One success is usually the first step toward the next goal. Life is a trek to waystations higher and higher on a mountain that has no top. Figure out what motivates you, then figure out how you can get into motiviting situations.

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    Dave,

    When I decided to get my PhD it was because I knew that to get anywhere it was what I would need. There were lots of things that held interest for me then that are not as interesting now (bio-defense) or that just do not have a serious area in the field (phage therapy). And I admit part of the problem is in my head as I know my mindset and whatever I do go for now I will likely get bored with in time. My current organism is a case in point. B. subtilis is a great bug and I still find it interesting but I am bored to tears with it.

    Emily,

    Really I could swing either way. Microbes are very interesting in and of themselves. Not so much into pathagens but that leaves about 95% of the remaining microbes to look into. Genetics has its own appeal as well, though I have to admit I am not so much into eukaryotes (big things with long generation times take too long LOL).

    Clint,

    Pulling the party line means that she is basically a Bush lacky. He appointed he because she holds his same views. Nevermind that they are inconflic with most every scientist over there. When the past 15 directors disapprove of her actions and when herr employees have to resort to an open letter to the local newspaper to get the message across that things are being mismanaged then she is obviously not the right person for the job. That her reply to those items was a news conference to say "I make th policies so live with it." Then she really is not the right person for the job.
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

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    Have you ever thought about going to work for a big pharma company ? R & D is always looking for some good people with fresh ideas. You could always work in a micro lab as well. FWIW most people I know in business are working in jobs that don't relate to their degree, sad but true. Take me for example I work in a company but do CP's as a stress reliever. Jimscott's a lab rat from what I hear, speak up man !
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    I have (and and still do) consider the pharm option. Pharming can be really good, but at the same time it can be really bad. You are basically at the mercy of what the company wants. So if you take the job because they are working on something you find really interesting there is always the possibility that they might decide later to cut the program and "re-sort" you to somewhere else doing something you don't want to do. One of the profs here had that happen, they tried to put him in HIV research, he declined.

    I know Jim is/was a lab rat. He and I have discussed that in the past. (Hey Jim!)
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

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