The Best of Both Worlds

There’s a wall between academia and industries. When I was a student I couldn’t see how wide and how thick this wall is until I went through to the other side. After being looking for a job for two months, I started to understand why so many brilliant kids drop out from college because it is indeed brilliant! I think if I were smart, I wouldn’t have finished my education all the way to doctorate only to be embarrassed with the “riches” of my book knowledge.

Going through the humbling experience taught me a lot of things I couldn’t have learned elsewhere. Friends say that I am too optimistic thinking that I could find my dream job within 3 months. They could be right in terms of how long it might take, because 2 and half months has passed. and I’m still searching.

I’m not intimidated by the rejections, because I can always learn from my mistakes. Neither do I feel “cheated” by my education because I paid to measure exactly how thick and how wide the invisible wall is. In fact, instead of feeling down, I think I may well be on the right track! Because I’m setting my eyes on top of the wall, and thinking to myself how great it would be if I could tear it down so that people could enjoy the best of both worlds!


Ph.D. in Economics with interests in Life Science, Behavioral Science, Health Economics Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment. Executive MBA student at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Hong Kong, graduating in 2020.

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