I submitted my PhD recently and am waiting for the oral examination. Though I have started looking for postdoc positions, the possibility of being without a job, even if for a small period after the viva, is quite frightening. How can I cope with it?

  • I'm facing the same situation. You could go on vacation. You could go job hunting. Depending on your skills, you could do a freelancer job.
    – Eekhoorn
    Apr 23, 2013 at 15:35
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    Write papers, apply for jobs, relax. Apr 23, 2013 at 15:46
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    It is not easy to relax when you have to pay the bills at the end of the month... Apr 23, 2013 at 20:19

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One possibility to check about—which I took advantage of at the end of my own graduate career—is that of being hired short-term as a teaching assistant. The good news is that you would have extra time to find a new position. The challenge is that you would be making a commitment to teaching for an additional semester. It would have significant ramifications if you were to skip out on this duty if you obtained a job offer to start immediately at a company, or a postdoc offer at another university.

  • Very good, realistic, useful suggestion. Apr 23, 2013 at 20:16

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