When do I look for non-academic jobs if I'm trying to transition out of academia, and which jobs do I look for? (I have a math PhD.)
So I'm looking for an academic job. (I've posted about this before
, last time I looked for one.) I have a one-year position, for the current academic year.) So I'm applying now for jobs that will start in the fall semester of 2011.
But I'm not one hundred percent sure that I want
an academic job. I have one now, and I'm not satisfied with it. But it's the end of the semester and it's my first semester here, which both work against me. And even if I do want one, there's always the chance that I won't get
So I should probably be thinking about non-academic jobs.
The first question, then: when
do I start looking? Let's say, hypothetically, that I'd want to start sometime in the summer of 2011. I keep hearing things like "it takes on average N months to find a job", where N is some ridiculously large number like nine. And what do I do
in order to look? This is really the new part of the question; what's below duplicates my previous question a lot but gives context.
Of course this depends on what sort of job I'd want. Brief summary: my PhD, earned six months ago, is in math, more specifically probability and combinatorics. I don't know statistics (beyond the level of an intro course) and don't program in any real language (although I hack stuff together in Maple pretty routinely, and this one time I took an algorithms course but it didn't require us to write any code), but I'm kind of underemployed now so I have time to learn. I'm currently in the Bay Area but have no real connections here, but I like it here. So I'd be willing to relocate but also willing to stay.
In theory I like teaching, but in practice I'm finding that teaching large classes of somewhat apathetic students is no fun. I find myself saying that I'd like to teach if only the students wanted to learn. I like the idea
of doing research. But I feel like the directions that my academic research is going in are way too shaped by what the academic job market wants. If I'm going to do something that I wouldn't do if I weren't getting paid for it, I want it to be something that actually helps people somehow.
Yes, I know this is vague. I don't know what I want to do with my life.