Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back into 9 to 6 time table

Yes, after few months of hiatus and afternoon naps, I am back in the work life. For this moment this job is providing me the specifics of living in same place as my husband's, allowing me family time and a decent packet. Although this is not first job for me but there are many things I am doing in this job for  the first time.
  • This is the first time I am working outside of an university.
  • This is the first time I will not be handling any chemical.
  • This is the first time I will not be collecting data sitting in front of a big machine.
  • This is the first time my supervisor's designation is a manager and not a professor.
  • This is the first workplace for me where I see lots of women from lower level to the highest level of the career ladder.
  • This is the first time I will not spend lots of time finding answers to the questions imposed from last experiments.
  • This is the first time I won't be blocking machine time to run experiment and then keeping my finger crossed to get those blocked time unhindered to finish the experiments ( no machine break, J not getting sick etc.).
  • This is the first time my colleagues are not scientists or scientific co-workers. Most of them are actually medical doctors.
  • This is the first time I am working in India.
  • This is the the first time I am involved in collaborative projects which runs across countries and time zones and not just between two laboratories in a same institute or university.
  • This is the first time I am not overburdened that I need to perform for development of my own career. It is a team work that matters in my new job and projects are done as a part of a team commitment
  • This is the first job for me where the timing jotted down through swipe card really counts.
  • Actually money and time are very much connected to the deliverables.
  • This is the first time when I don't feel guilty on leaving office at 6 in contrast to my past life of a researcher.
  • Now I am more close to write about science or drug development and drug safety professionally.
  • I am learning the process of writing science more as a art of communication than to report it as facts and figures.
  • My new work is absolutely not related to my last life of a scientific researcher.
  • My new work is but very closely related to all the transferable skills I have acquired while doing bench science.
  • My long term staying outside India is coming handy in understanding and maintaining the international commitments required in this job. 
  • After spending first few weeks in the work place I have adapted to my daily routine now.
  • I primarily started liking my work place.
  • People are relaxed and helpful, a major plus point in a work place.
  • The nature of work is definite and structured, a relief from boundless work I always had before.
  • Training is provided to the new comers and each and every step is structured, formatted and peer reviewed - an art which is absolutely absent in academics thus leading to dilution of focus and objectives in so many cases.
  • I hope to keep learning new things and keep going in unknown career directions with my handful of transferable skills. 


  1. wow congratulations and all the very best for your new job dear Di!

  2. Lots of goodluck and hope you enjoy the new change..


  3. Good luck with your new job Chandrima