Response to a question
At 8:26 AM, Anonymous said...
I went ahead and reported my PI. It seemed at first they could do something for me. But then I finally got the answer; PIs run their own separate groups and everyone has a different style of running their group. As such, we can't help you.
So, on it goes with a PI that wants me to work 12 hours a day (minimum), 6 days a week (minimum).
I am sick of it and wish there was a way out.
What do you do now, MsPhD? Did you find another job? Is it related to science?
Maybe unemployment even is not that bad.
I had the same experience, although in my case I was not complaining about the hours. I knew I was expected to work hard, and I did.
If the long hours are your major complaint, I say start applying for industry and government jobs. It might take you a year or more to find a job you like.
There is no academic postdoc lab where you can screw around, unless you plan to end up unemployed anyway.
To answer your question, I did not find a job.
The economy is terrible and all these statistics you hear about people who have PhDs being employed are bullshit - most of them include postdoc appointments in their calculations of "employment". However, all of us who did a postdoc and ended up with:
zero social security
zero unemployment benefits
zero "work experience" as far as anyone in the Real World is concerned
will tell you that a postdoc is "employment" only in the sense that you are making enough money to make ends meet (usually).
Universities consider it "training" or even refer to postdocs as "postdoctoral students".
The paradox is, postdocs don't qualify for access to the student rates for the gym, and aren't allowed to use the Career Center or any Alumni Services.
So look at it this way: you already don't have a job. At least you can pay your bills, right?