14 October 2007

What Are You Going to Do With Your Life?

When people hear that I'm working on...and nearing completion of...my EdD, there is the inevitable question of "What are you planning to do when you finish?" I manage to refrain from the quick and easy answer of "Grab a bottle of champagne and a very big straw." I assume that they are being politely curious about the larger picture. They really want to know what I'm going to be when I grow up. I'm not ready to answer that question quite yet.

There are lots of opportunities out there: regional labs, university positions, consultant work, and so forth. And there's no reason why I would have to do anything different from what I'm doing now.

I am a firm believer in listening for the hard-knuckled rap of Opportunity at the door. The goal is to earn the EdD---not land a job at a particular place for a particular reason. The big picture includes doing what I can to help teachers and kids---not a certain role which fosters that. If and when I'm ready to look around (and listen for a knock), then I can evaluate things at that time. What am I going to do with my life? Make the most of it.


Hugh O'Donnell said...

Let's crack a Molson on that thought!

The Science Goddess said...

It's a start!