State of the Job
So that other thing I did on Monday was a job interview at the Grant Museum. This is the tiny little zoology museum at UCL at which I've been volunteering for the past year to gain curation experience. The museum I love, with amazing collection and fun staff and generally an aura of awesomeness. It's also the museum at which I didn't get a job a few months back for doing what I did there except with wet specimens.
This job is in learning. Delivery and development of programmes and events, publicity, promotion, and generally talking to people about science - and not just any science; zoology. It's exactly the sort of job I need at this stage in my career - being both delivery and development in a small, friendly museum whose staff I know I get on with, and which I know I like. In terms of gaining experience, it's great for me.
Of course, right now isn't necessarily the best time for me personally to be taking on a new job, even a two days a week temporary job. I'm writing up the PhD, I already have a two days a week job, I'm... writing up the PhD.
But when this job advert arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks ago, it was too good to pass up. I knocked up an application (easy in this case, because I filled all the criteria directly, with no fiddling) and sent it off, figuring I could agonise over whether to take it or not later.
I had thought I'd have to sacrifice the Science Museum for it; but that's daft. I'm still on probation at the SM, the days would rarely crash, and it would be silly to leave what is shaping up to be one of the best training programmes for science delivery outside of going back to university. I'd almost decided not to take this job.
Then I was offered an interview, which again I aced, and I was offered the job yesterday. After a day's "oh, should I?" I accepted it today.
And with the decision no longer looming over me, I can see what an idiotic dilemma it was "Should I" take a job that I'll enjoy, that will pay, that is a much more important step in my career path than the PhD is right now, and which won't make me wallow in misery over how crap I am?
Should I bollocks.
I start in three weeks.