To postdoc – or not?

ceweinber

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OK, I've made "postdoc" into a verb. Sorry about that, but the question remains "does one need to do one?”  The key to considering a postdoc as an optional first step rather than a logical or expected first step is in deciding what your long term goals are before you decide on a postdoc. I’m reminded of a cartoon of an urban “prophet” dressed in a white robe and carrying a sign that says “the end is near.” A man in a business suit is asking him “yes, but what are your goals?” I can’t insert it here because it’s ©, and I don’t have permission.