May. No blog posts yet in 2016. “What’s going on Neil?” asked no-one at all. For anyone who may be wondering…
Last November, I resigned from my position with my previous employer after almost 7 years. I will offer this as career advice: should you find yourself in a toxic and abusive work environment – just quit. You will not regret it and life is too short to suffer that kind of rubbish.
Just before Christmas, I was offered a position as a data scientist with Life Letters, a Sydney-based healthcare technology start-up. I started working there in early January and so far, it has been a terrific experience. Had I known how enjoyable it could be, I would have made a move like this 10 years ago. More advice: there are many more jobs that can engage scientists and utilise their skills than academic research.
So what does that mean for this blog? It means that I’m no longer a researcher, at least in the narrow sense that science would use that word. It means that the things I learn during a working day are unlikely to translate into blog posts of broader interest (confidentiality issues not withstanding). And quite frankly, given where I’m at in my life (balancing working for a startup with raising my family), it means that I no longer have time to write regular blog posts.
Like a band that never officially breaks up, I’m not ready to declare the end just yet. So I’m placing the blog “on hiatus”, indefinitely. I’ll still be active online, which right now mostly means Twitter.