What do you do if you have to perform research in a field that you didn't like, as I'm currently passionate about computer vision stuff, but my research is about Android security. More than that the supervisor seems to lack enough knowledge related to the field and he pushes me to find something before the finishing date (we have just 2 months left since it is a funded project).


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    Your question needs the context of the reason that you are compelled (?!?) to work on something you don't want to work on. – paul garrett Mar 18 at 18:37
  • Actually, the reason behind it is that I didn't know at the beginning that it will be heavily about security stuff, and assumed that it will be much focused on Natural language processing instead. – Dr.MALEK Mar 19 at 17:30
  • What do you do? There is nothing you can do. Motivation is everything. The silver lining is that you can motivate yourself through several ways. Funding running out, risk of getting expelled, etc are all motivating factors. The other big problem is that if you are not in the security area, you have little hope of finding something new. – Prof. Santa Claus Apr 18 at 0:20

If you are a student, then you have, I think, two options. Struggle through the project to help assure your degree. Or drop it, which might require getting a different advisor or even moving to a new institution. Both of those have a downside, and only you can determine which is worse. If you only have a short time to finish your degree, then the first might be preferable. But if it is a long way off, then consider the second (with all of its implications).

The project is the responsibility of the PI, not yourself. So, think about how it meets your goals or fails to do so.

If you are a post doc then you may be stuck, depending on your contract and the need to have a good recommendation from the PI to be able to move on. But do move on as soon as possible.

If you are faculty already then I don't see much downside to just leaving, provided that it is financially feasible.

But, only you can balance the ups and downs of this. Think long term about your career, however, not just about the short term pain.

  • Actually, it is a full-time job and not a part of a degree, so I'm worried that I'm wasting my time right now, instead of focusing on my passions. – Dr.MALEK Mar 19 at 17:33
  • Probably you are wasting your time. I'd look around for options. Life is short. Make it sweet. – Buffy Mar 19 at 18:51
  • Two months? If the job is making you unhappy simply because you’re not following your passion, I’d say stick it out if you’re not financially secure, otherwise say adíos. There are advantages to perseverance. – A rural reader Apr 17 at 22:35

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