I should be finished with my PhD in May. What should I do once I am done? This question is bugging me right now. These three years have made it very clear that I don’t want to continue an academic career. I want to produce good software that will be used by real people, and sadly this is simply unrealistic being at a university. Most of the research produced will never turn into real applications, and even if it does, most of the time nobody will ever notice those.
There is also a complicating factor — after spending three years away from my family and my fiancé, I really want to settle down in the area of Cologne or at least somewhere from where one can easily go to Cologne for a weekend. Finding a company in Germany where I could spend most of my time programming instead of fighting the process isn’t exactly easy. Add to this that I’m not the convenient type of employee — I have a strong opinion on just about anything and I won’t hesitate to tell it. All this together means that I don’t have all too many choices.
My first choice was logically Mozilla Corporation. But after two months of negotiations and five interviews they turned me down because “we
are going to focus on hiring locally”. Second on my list would be Google but from what I know all the serious work there is going on in Zürich. Moving to Zürich together with my fiancé isn’t impossible but very undesirable. Maybe MozDev Group is also a possibility though it is hard to tell what is going on there at the moment.