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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

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No one: I'm a new hire
  3336 votes / 11%
A few people, but I'm on the left of the curve
  6378 votes / 22%
About half of my coworkers.
  4477 votes / 15%
Most of my coworkers.
  6957 votes / 24%
I'm the longest-lived employee of all.
  1757 votes / 6%
Do you count "unemployed" as a job?
  2744 votes / 9%
I'm self-employed.
  2693 votes / 9%
28342 total votes.
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  • Re:Phd and Labs (Score:3, Informative)

    by WillAffleckUW (858324) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @06:36PM (#46156021) Homepage Journal

    Have to agree. Many of those I outlasted have gone on to teach at Stanford, various other universities, and/or set up their own labs.

    But I'm doing core courses to get ready for my own PhD.

    A word to those not doing PhDs - get job experience NOW while still in school. You will really wish you had.

    And if doing a PhD, start lining up post-doc positions BEFORE you get your PhD. You will really wish you had.

  • Re:I'm a fixture... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @10:24PM (#46158133)

    Ahh, dude- too much shit is just passing you by :)

    Speaking as another fixture I've outlasted two (and am likely to outlast the third) of three companies I have worked for in my 20 year career!

  • Re:Golden handcuffs (Score:4, Informative)

    by mckwant (65143) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @01:52PM (#46163923)

    Yeah, it's a little hard to explain. Dating myself, but it's David Byrne singing "Well, how did I get here?", except that most choices have been conscious and logical.

    Example: I have a friend who recently got tenure in the southeast US. His wife has tenure at the same college. Both worked hard, and got the desired result. Fantastic, right? No adjunct nonsense, stable positions, and their lifestyle is pretty much as they designed it.

    But: It's a smaller, third rate academic institution, and no interesting, let alone groundbreaking, work is in the future for either of them. Smaller, semi-rural town, maybe an hour from a mid-level city. Barring a massive (and extremely unlikely) job offer, neither is likely to leave.

    Let's be clear: Nobody feels sorry for them. Considering the alternatives, it's a pretty good spot to land. Having said that, they're done professionally, and there's no outlet for the "gotta progress" mentality. They're in a "comfortable enough bubble," but they're also looking at 25-30 years of it.

    And yes, it's very "first world problem."

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759


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