Physics Teacher: How much did you make at the Big Company?
Me: About the same as here.
PT: Only? Why did you leave? It was because everyone only cared about money, right?
PT: I hate that too. I calculated that during my PhD I lost about 200 k that I would have earned in any other job.
Me: That did not matter to me either. I even did 2 postdocs after that with very low pay. But it was interesting work.
PT: You did two postdocs? How much did you earn in your postdoc?
Me: 2000 per month.
PT: With those 200k I lost during my PhD, I could now make the down payment for a house. I am surprised you didn’t earn more than us at the Big Company!
PT: I once had a job offer in a place where they said some starting salaries are 150 k. For programming. I’m very good at programming.
PT: But those people at these kind of jobs, they only care about money. So annoying. Here, we have freedom and independence.
Me: Yes, exactly.
PT: How much did you make exactly at the Big Company?
Me: 110 k.
PT: Wow, that is not much.
Me: Have you always wanted to be a Physics teacher?
PT: No! I always wanted to be a teacher. But not a Physics teacher! Actually, after high school I wanted to study Spanish and become a Spanish teacher. Because I was in love with my Spanish teacher. I even joined the swimming team because of her. But my father said, my son will not study a language, no way. He will study Maths. So I said okay. Then we went to my uncle, who was an engineer. And he said, no, you shouldn’t study Maths, but Physics, this is more useful. So I said okay. And I started studying Physics. When I came home one Christmas I told my father I don’t like Physics, I am quitting. And he said, we are not quitters in our family. You will get a diploma in Physics, if you like it or not. And I did.
Other Physics Teacher: Wow, you are for sure easy to influence.
Physics Teacher: What are you drinking?
Me: Ginger Tea.
PT: Oh God. This is dreadful. My crazy ex always drank Ginger Tea. I hate this stuff.
PT: I read pretty weird books.
Me: Like what?
PT: The Hammer of Witches.