Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The more you learn... or 'future directions, post Ph.D.'

I can identify at least a dozen points in my degree when I've come across disciplines, topics, or subjects I'd like to pursue in directed coursework or dedicated programmes. The more I learn about a topic simultaneously leads me to realise how much there is to learn and how much other stuff I want to learn about.

I've joked to friends that when I finish this Ph.D. I'll put it aside and go back to school to do graduate work in transit planning. In the last couple of years I've realised how much a fan I am of transit and transit issues (scheduling logistics, the mechanics of rail transit, etc.) and it's kind of a hot topic. Also, in preparing diagrams for my diss. I've learned to use some rudimentary stuff about Adobe Illustrator. It's an amazing app but it feels like I'm using a Ferrari to drive to church on Sunday. But the more I work in Illustrator I've had to go through tutorials and books and I am really getting into it. It'd be neat to ditch the Ph.D. when it's done and become a graphic designer. I think that'd be pretty cool.

Of course, this all feeds into my uncertainty about what I'll do for work when I'm finished this degree. More on that in another post, I suppose.

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