Have you ever wondered if there is life after a PhD? The most obvious answer is ‘of course there’s life after a PhD!’, and even the most anxious PhD student knows that.
What we don’t know is what *kind* of life there is after a PhD.
It is hard to understand for those who haven’t spent years researching a topic that became the centre of their life. I remember the day I submitted my thesis as if it were yesterday! In that moment, I understood what a mother feels like on the first day of school of their baby. I was letting my thesis, my baby!, go out in the wide wild world, all on its own, ready to be judged! Then the judgement came, and it was a such a positive one! I then understood how a mother feels when their baby finally graduates.
But then…then all I felt was emptiness. I submitted the thesis, I celebrated wildly, I waited for my viva, I passed my viva, I printed and deposited the copy of the final approved thesis. Then I was left with uncertainty, lack of purpose and, well, lack of perspective.