newbie question

Patrick Druggan Patrick.Druggan at
Sun Oct 1 10:11:18 EST 2000

That is a fair point about commercial or academia. I have spent my whole
career in industry and I am fristrated that I can't do some of the work I
want, because it is of no benefit to the company. I am writing up my
doctoral thesis right now. I've been doing it part-time, and I am left at a
cross roads - do I want to do some real research, or do I want to stay in
industry and never be happy, though my bank manager might be : )
""R. Jayakumar"" <jakku at> wrote in message
news:000901c02b66$7f4a2cc0$8c01a8c0 at
> hi..
>     that was real downright funny.  That goes to show how guerillas
> contribute to scientific research. :-)) But working in private companies
> not always give you the freedom of research you need.  My professor after
> returned from his studies in US chose a low paid research job in a
> University rather than the cushy jobs offered to him in a several private
> companies, because he wanted to do research of his own choice.  Of course,
> salary suffers then.
>     jayakumar
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Patrick Druggan <Patrick.Druggan at>
> To: <microbio at>
> Sent: Sunday, October 01, 2000 12:07 AM
> Subject: Re: newbie question
> > Peter's right. The following is as true a story as any can be.
> >
> > When I left uni after 4 years, I hated science - no irony intended.
> >
> > So I bummed around for a year working on a production line, went to
> > for a while, worked as a furniture remover, and then I got a job
> > English in Peru. My dream of being another angst-ridden poet was finally
> > coming true.
> >
> > I was suppossed to fly out to Lima on the 31st December, so in the run
> to
> > Christmas I arranged a going-away party with all my frinds form uni.
> is
> > the point where the Shinning Path Guerillas (SPG) make a greater
> contibution
> > to my choice of career than any adviser could. I got a telegramme on
> > Christmas Eve to say that the institute had been burned down by the SPG,
> > Western Imperialism blah! blah! blah! At the end they said they would
> in
> > touch in six months time. So I had six months to kill.
> >
> > I applied for a job as a temp to cover maternity leave in an R&D
> > microbiology group. At the interview I was asked what I could contribute
> to
> > the R&D group, to which I replied 'NOTHING' as I was just out of uni - I
> got
> > the job! It is now 15 years later and I still work in R&D as a
> > microbiologist. What I get paid reasonably well for is not the degree I
> did,
> > but for the unique knowledge I've gained through experience.
> >
> > I have since learned that angst-ridden poets do not get a pension plan,
> and
> > get paid less than Lynne : )
> >
> > The moral of this story is that you should take the job that allows you
> > pick up the most marketable skills in the first two years, then start
> > looking for the money.
> >
> > I do not encourage anyone on this newsgroup to help your career along in
> the
> > way that the SPG helped mine - remember children, FIRE KILLS! : )
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> ---

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