While going through the hard times of finishing my PhD dissertation I joked about the time after it, suggesting that I might go into the symptoms similar to the people who retire and don’t know what to do with their life then. Well, I should know better what to joke about 🙂
Now, waiting for the PhD committee to react on my work and preparing for the PhD defense I see shrunken horizons expand: once the PhD is in the past and I’m free to do whatever I want to do, what that would be?
There are multiple parts to it. The first one is about the place for work in my life. As I read The 4-Hour Workweek or The Family Sabbatical Handbook I keep wondering how to combine the work I want to do with all other things I want to do as well. And, following parenting parts of the blogoshpere brings enough examples of alternative work-life balance scenarios that are family-centred (e.g. the one of Angelina Hart that travels the world with her daughters and produces The Little Travellers DVDs).
The second part is about work. When I started the PhD I didn’t want to be a researcher, but wanted time and space for a research-based practice: being able to reflect, to explore conceptual world behind what happens day-to-day and then bring those insights back to work. What I didn’t realise that once you do a PhD you become a researcher 🙂
So now I’m torn between thinking of an academic career or of one of a practitioner. Of course it’s possible to live in both worlds at the same time, but as any other case of brokering it’s hard work (that comes with it’s own occupational hazards :)))
Finally, there are all those interesting topics to explore…