I am an Indian, who defended his PhD recently in materials science in the US. However, I did not do well in my PhD, as I faced lot of difficulties throughout my PhD. I was doing research in a field different from my supervisors expertise. This did make me independent, but reduced my outcome drastically. I underperformed when compared to my colleagues and research field peers.
I have just two first author publications and two co-authored publications in 5 years of my PhD. I believe that I had worked hard to get the job done. However, I am not sure about my future prospects.
During my PhD, I have taken two undergraduate TA's and found it an interesting experience. Academia has always been my goal. But now, it seems that the career is elusive to me.
I am searching for postdoctoral fellow positions, but not feeling confident about my future academic career.
I realize that my PhD has been mediocre and I don't deserve a career in academia. But, is there no way to recover from a bad PhD outcome? To make the matter worse, I am 30 years old.
I have been offered a postdoc position by my PhD supervisor and that's what I going to do next year.