science + art = ?
December 27, 2013 4:56 PM Subscribe
Please help a generalist brainstorm on what to do for a living. I'm finishing up a PhD in the physical sciences, and I love art and design. I'm happiest if I can constantly learn new subjects and if I can make things every day. How do I bring the parts of science and the parts of art that I love into the working world?
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I'm finishing a PhD in experimental science (nanotech). Graduate school has been a great experience, but I've realized that don't want to be a professional scientist. I love the problem-solving, the creativity, and the public speaking aspects of science. I love working with tools, so experimental science was a good path for me.
However, I also love starting new projects and learning new things, so I'm frustrated by the (necessary) specialization of academia. I enjoy connecting ideas across fields much more than I enjoy being an expert. At the moment, I'm a generalist living in a specialist's house.
Throughout undergrad and graduate school, I've managed to accumulate most of a BFA (though those classes have been taken pass-fail). I'm passionate about installation art. I love working with my hands and problem-solving new materials. I absolutely blossomed in my conceptual sculpture class, because I had freedom to work with a variety of materials and follow my interests where they led.
I like working with other people, though I'm also good at working on my own. I don't necessarily need to be doing science or art, but I need something creative where I can both plan and execute projects, and have the satisfaction of seeing something I imagined coming into the world. Something that requires learning a variety of new subjects and connecting them. I'm computer-fluent, but don't want to spend significant amounts of time coding.
So far I've thought about being a museum exhibit designer or working at a maker lab, but I was hoping to pick up a variety of other ideas here. Thanks!