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Why I Am Leaving (Research-Based) Academia
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I love to teach. For me, it is research at its best. Research is not about sitting in our ivory tower and rejoicing over our achievements. No, it’s about studying, it’s about pushing boundaries, and ultimately it’s about coming up with new ideas to share with others. One of the more powerful ways of dissemination – of both our knowledge and our research – is through teaching the next generation. While I do appreciate that there is a lot of work involved (setting tests/exams, replying to all requests for feedback etc.), it can also be hugely rewarding. A compliment on a well-taught lecture, or a “thank you” after clarifying a concept the student didn’t previously grasp, is all the motivation I will ever need. I also like my colleagues, many of whom are lighthearted and easily approachable. The relationships we have are purely work-based, but that suits …

Financial Independence -- The Freedom to Not Give a F*%!
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How do you come up with an enticing first post for the finances topic of eiet.uk? I know I want to talk about financial independence, but where to start? Do I talk about savings strategies? Investment options? Exponential return? Cutting expenditures? All of these options sound dull on their own, and definitely lack a personal touch. I spent a couple of days thinking it over, trying different approaches, and ultimately failing. The Sunday of that same week, one of our dogs made a sudden turn for the worse and had to be rushed off for emergency surgery. “All you have to do is sign here.” I was looking at a consent form with a quote of £2,500. I signed it without hesitation. Every dog person would have done the same. This was an essential time-sensitive intervention, and our dog would very likely be back to her normal self …