To the anons that are doing their PhDs, post docs, are on a tenure track, or are tenured: Please share stories from Academia such as what you enjoy about it, interesting stuff, drama, what you did to succeed if you got tenure, etc.
Also I guess /Academia General/.
I saw a guy at a party this weekend, he was 30+, still a postdoc and spent his days working and drinking beer.
I just realized this could very well be me in a few years and it really scared me.
Not that I would mind spending my days working and drinking beer so much but the mere idea of being content with being a postdoc at 31 seems really sad
Well I mean it doesn't seem that unlikely, the guy probably wrapped up his thesis at 26/27 and this might be his second postdoc (I think many grants last 2-3 years). I had not really thought about it but it probably happens to many academiafags
>automatic raises every year
That is nice. So as long as you hold on to academia you will be climbing in some way or another.
As long as the initial pay is not that much below what people make in industry as bachelors then I would say it is okay.
That is 2k more than the average biology major.
>Pay ceiling 56k
Now this is not good. But I guess that after 7 years you should already be a teaching assistant or full time professor.
>retire with $50k a year
a postdoc is not a terminal job. you're NOT supposed to remain a postdoc forever, you stay in it for several years until you're either ready to purse your tenure track job or you sadly drop academia
this is a starting job for someone in academia, and staying in it for 5+ years is a worst-case scenario
>"time value of money"
what about the time value of time, faggot? leave it to an engineer/economist/whatever-the-fuck-you-are to place more importance on the wage than the actual job itself. if someone's going to academia it's because they want to do research. the money's ok so you can live while you do it. "time value of money", holy shit, way to bring a shitty meme into an unrelated field.
if all you want is money, what the fuck are you even doing posting in a thread related to academia? there are great ways to make money that don't need you to be smart. academia is NOT for making money.
>there is a fundamental opposition between wanting to do research and wanting to live comfortably
Yes, it is a great job and, yes, it is amazing that it is even a job, that you can actually get paid to sit around doing math/shitposting all day *but* that should not stop people doing that job from wanting more out of life than renting a one-room apartment and eating ramen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Of course, I'm exaggerating but I feel like many people act like it is dirty to want to have stability and financial comfort after having worked so hard (and still working so hard). Sure, it should not be your main motivation but still.