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Topic - Expedition after graduating and getting a job in science

Red Rover - on 17 Jul 2014
I'll be finishing my PhD in a couple of years and I plan to go and do a big trip to Asia which will probably take a few months, something like the Mongol Rally. I'd like to have a job at the end of it and I was wondering how best to go about it. If I was offered a job before the trip I probably wouldn't want to turn it down so there'd a danger the trip wouldn't happen, but if I leave it until I get back and it takes a while I could end up with a big gap in the CV. I'm guessing you can't accept a job and defer for a few months, it seems a lot to ask.

What are your experiences of this kind of thing? Should I just go for it and be confident I can sort something when back home? My PhD is in computer modelling and making software for drug design and I was thinking of going into industry as a simulator/developer, computery stuff tends to be reasonably travel friendly but a big company might keep you on a shorter lead.

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