It’s been a long time since then, over a year ago ^^. Thank you, nonetheless. It’s increasingly strange to think back of this period in my life.
On the one hand, I contributed to various research projects, of which some have resulted in deliverables in the form of manuscripts. On the other hand, I devoted time to my own scientific development, technical skill, and my career. I feel more confident in myself, and I can tackle complex issues. Given that I already have some peer-reviewed publications to my name, it’s now up to me to either pursue an academic career, or leave academia to do something else entirely. Back in the beginning of 2020, I couldn’t really decide what I wanted to do, so I opted to try my chances as a postdoc. If it doesn’t work out, I can always ‘fall back’ to a non-academic job ^^, is what I thought.
Though, in the back of my mind I do think that contributing to research and development is ultimately more helpful to myself and to the world around me, versus a ‘regular’ production job. I don’t consider myself more or lesser than others, nor do I consider one job lesser than another. Notwithstanding, you’re reading this message because people in the past made all the necessary technological developments to make rich global communication attainable, possible and nowadays instantaneous. Whether you agree or disagree with me on this topic is completely moot and irrelevant when you daily enjoy the fruits of all the r&d happening around you XD.
So what will my future hold? If only I knew.