Here is yet another article about the negative effect that having to do 2-3 postdocs before being able to apply for tenure-track positions has on people’s life, which has been widely shared and discussed on my facebook.
I left academia after 2 postdocs only 3 months ago, but already now I feel a greater clarity is coming over me regarding the topic. People are forever questioning themselves whether the postdoc lifestyle is still worth it for them or whether they should leave. I have asked myself the same question for 6 years almost every day.
Now I think the situation is much, much simpler than I thought.
In truth, there are only two reasons why you should not quit your postdoc tomorrow and find another job:
(i) You like living abroad and having to change country every 2-3 years. You think this lifestyle has clear advantages to living in one…