Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Birds do it . . Bees do it

And so do bacteria and most importantly fruit flies. And there's this wonderful subject that studies this phenomenon of everyone doing it called genetics. And if you have been unfortunate to have never studied this wonderful subject, you should go to your nearest library and pick up a textbook. It will eventually cause you to go a little off the rockers and name your kid so that her initials will be the same as a start codon (AUG). That's what my genetics professor did. And if you don't remember/know what a start codon is, I envy you very much.
Not as happy as I look in the picture. Genetics is definitely evil.  And I probably will never use it again. 
So the reason for this post is that I've been thinking about things I like to do, and the career that will make me the happiest. I like to run. I love reading running blogs, signing up for races, etc. I'd much rather buy a cute running gear than other clothes. Especially since I've been throwing on a race shirt before running out the door to make it to class on time. Yes, everyone knows I've ran half marathons and 5Ks, and I will continually remind them with my race shirts.

But I'm not quite sure how to find the perfect career. I definitely want to do something that will allow me to continue to devote tons of time to running and thinking about running. So I guess investment banking is out.
That's me thinking about running. Not falling. Like I've been falling on my butt every day on this one part of sidewalk for the past few days. 
It would be awesome to work for Runner's World, if I was a world class runner with tons of advice and know-how. Or journalism skills. It would be interesting to design running shoes, which is sort of in the engineering side, but not chemical engineering. It would be the best if I was a world class runner and I get paid to train. But I guess that would make running stressful.

I am not quite sure what I want to do with my life. And also how to go about finding it. I also would like to have a running club at work. I guess the biggest thing is to get hired first somewhere. So I can figure out what I like and what I don't. Also, is it bad that whenever I have a job interview, I look up the town that I'd be working in to see how many races are nearby? I have a secret (I guess not so secret now) hope that at an interview somewhere, the interviewer will ask me about running. And we will hit it off instantly. And I will have a job and security and money to buy random running things that I don't need.

Sorry it's not very running focused. But finding a job that will also allow me to continue this running thing is important to me. So it's sort of about running. And I'm still working on making a reasonable training schedule for the half marathon coming up.

And thanks to everyone who suggested websites and ways to save money on things! They were very helpful. So how did you guys find your dream job? Or how are you looking for it? And what's a good way to look for a full time position? And if you happen to own a company looking for a chemical engineer, you're welcome. Now you can stop looking and start drawing up the hiring paper work. :P


  1. Design new running fuel gel thingamabobs!

  2. I'm definitely still looking for my dream job...let's start a company and design running stuff! We are both ChE's who love running! :)

  3. I don't have it all figured out, but then again most of us don't. Keep your head up and I'm sure you'll get to where you want to be :) There are so many job possibilities related to running...just the other day my friend was running on treadmills with a cellphone in his pocket to test his smartphone heartbeat monitor app.

  4. I went to school for computer science and I hated it! My roommate happened to be a sign language interpreting major and I met all her Deaf friends and decided that's what I wanted to do.

    I now interpret at a local college and I love it! My goal is to interpret in the legal/court setting, which is why my multidisciplinary masters degree focused on legal topics.

    I would love to do something with running, though! Maybe I will take a few classes that are offered where I work and see what I could do!

  5. Never be afraid to apply for something that is a little out of the box from what you studied in school!!!

    The job I work now was originally a temporary job, but then someone in my dept left and I moved to her spot and became permanent. You never know what opportunities might come up at a company once you get your foot in the door.

    Lol. I am thinking about how to incorporate running into a career too. I work in medical research right now, so I think I can swing some fitness and health in there somewhere, right?