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March 13, 2012

The world of work – by Elle

Well, last week certainly turned out to be interesting as I experienced my first taste of redundancies and life in industry! I managed to time the first day at my industrial sponsor with the same day as they announced the next round of job losses. So that was fun...

I arrived after a very early train journey up North, and was met by someone I hadn't met before as my industrial supervisor was in his meeting to find out if he still had a job (fair enough!). This comes just 6 months after he moved sites because the original site he worked on was shut down last year. I waited around for him to come out of the meeting and had a coffee with another CASE award student whilst I waited.

When he finally appeared two hours later the news wasn't exactly wonderful and the whole atmosphere of the office I was in was pretty depressing. Lots of people standing around talking about their fate and by 3 pm that afternoon most people had left. The same happened on Friday. In two days I managed to complete 30 minutes of radioactivity training and the SHE lab safety training I needed to, but the rest of the time was spent filling my own time.

The up side is that I managed to be fairly productive and continued with writing the introduction to the chapter that will be based on my most recent work, but it was a fairly depressing start to what I was hoping would be a fresh and welcome change from the lab at Warwick.

I'm back there again this week, fingers crossed it will be more productive! In case it isn't I am packing up a stack of papers to read so I can do more reading/writing.

It did get me thinking about life working in industry and weighing up the options of where to find jobs once this PhD is finished. Do we think the grass is greener on one side or the other? What do other people think?


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