QuoteOriginally posted by: selimonsThinkDifferent, I totally understand the point you're rising... how can a well paid bright academic career may be dull? I am in nanotechnology and we're developing stuff that can be applied to real world problems.However, I still feel like I cannot use my full potential in what I am doing. My job depends a lot on trial and error, and little on pure mathematical/algorithmic skills in which I think I can make a difference. So although the funding and the expectations of other people are high, I don't find this area particularly exciting (though I have to say I find it more exciting than any branch of theoretical physics).So that's why I consider finance jobs mostly. In terms of money, I think having a finance job will ~double or triple my income. But EA and daveangel are telling me to take the post-doc. Somehow it feels like I would be settling for less than I want and deserve.Dude, ask yourself this, what is your competitive edge in finance? The applications of nanotechnology are only now coming into the commercial arena. It sounds like you have a high profile postdoc, presumably experience that would give you some edge in Nano, and you could always to an executive MBA during your postdoc if you were really concerned about getting into industry - here I mean venture capital, not quant.I am just saying, yes you may be a great programmer, good at math, stat, whatever, that does not nec mean you'll strike it big in finance. You will probably get 2-2.5 times the money, but you will not have much influence on the direction of the work... and the upside is limited from there. Now, you're a PhD student presumably used to living on 30k (tops) pa - now yes rent will go up , but you will live very well (relative to what you are used to) on the money you mention. Very well. So here you want to throw away a good research postdoc in one of the up and coming fileds of technology so that you can get some more money now, though the work will bbe at least as boring... Are you f--king crazy? Full potential, smull potentail. Be a little savvy, please. Plus if you are a foreigner you will get the greencard quicker through academia.
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