One the many downsides of being both graduated and unemployed is that it makes it very difficult for me to publish papers based on my Master’s Thesis, as most peer-reviewed scientific journals demand that submissions come from scholars with some institutional affiliation. As a means of getting around this problem, one of my former supervisors has helped me gain a nominal affiliation with the local university. Unfortunately, the physics department can’t afford to pay me*, so what I am doing at present is writing papers with the express and exclusive purpose of “getting my name out there” as a scholar in my field.
All well and good, of course. But then someone on facebook posted this comic:
And then, in a moment of horror, it occurred to me that I was literally doing physics for exposure.
Nobody should ever have to work like this, of course; and of course, I didn’t go into physics for the money**. But I have spent my entire life up to this point having been told by all and sundry that a degree in a nice, mathematical field would mean that I wouldn’t have to work for nothing.
But that’s not how it works in Stephen Harper’s Canada, apparently.
*As you might imagine, there is precious little funding left for non-“innovative” subjects like fundamental physics under the present regime.
**If I had, I would have gone into condensed matter physics, or maybe straight into Engineering