Category Archives: Leaving Academia

Attempts at conversation with other physics teachers

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? Me: Yes. PT: I hate that too. I … Continue reading

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How to survive at a big (financial) corporation

In my observation, there are exactly two basic ways to survive the eco-system of a large corporation in a healthy and long-term sustainable way. 1. The happy underling The happy underling is a very sociable person. He/she comes to the … Continue reading

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Working at a big corporation

So my 6 months at a large financial corporation have been interesting. The difference to a research environment is huge. People are extremely well behaved. As of now, I have never heard anyone scream. Nobody throws things, I haven’t encountered … Continue reading

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Leaving academia: Whether or not to work in a large corporation

I had two job interviews last week, and I am currently trying to figure out whether or not I want to work in a large multinational corporation. At least one of the jobs sounds very attractive, with a likable boss, … Continue reading

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Existential crisis on Linkedin

Isn’t it interesting how the big life insights of people always sound trivial? Like “and then I realized it doesn’t matter what others think.” This kind of insight is everywhere, in every second self-help book and motivational poster. And yet … Continue reading

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