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!