After much thinking I have accepted the mentoring that is available to me as a CommercialiSE Fellow.
Recently my old boss pointed out that I would gain a lot more focus on, and complete more quickly, my PhD if I had some clarity about what I was going to do with myself afterwards. It is apparently a great motivator, and can help with that little problem I have with trying to appease too many groups at once.
There were three clear options:
- Go out get a job, make money
- Appealing. I have been a student or employed researcher for many years now, and money is suddenly something that I am aware I would like...
- Do consultancy and/or build a business from the consultancy and any output from my PhD
- Risky but potentially rewarding. I lack a clear idea of how to develop a business from what I am currently doing, but have some entrepreneurship training.
- Stay in academia
- My original plan. A relaxed and varied work environment that will tax me, and never bore me, for the rest of my career if I chose. Academia is one of the few true 'career' paths remaining these days. I already have experience in research and teaching (even if I don't love the latter I know I am more than adequate at it).
I'm still not decided, but on meeting my potential mentor I realised that she was someone who would challenge me. This is something I have been lacking recently, and the idea of someone who is capable of keeping me in check was fascinating. As it stands any business I could build would not be scalable, but it may be that something could be productised over the next year and a half from my work. We shall explore and by the end I will know whether this option is a workable one.
Our agreement stands: as long as I do the work.
Next I'll be venturing into the heady world of market analysis.