I know there have been a lot of posts on this recently, but I wanted to take an opportunity to share my experience, with the hopes of helping others in the same situation.

About six months ago, after two doctorate degrees, two fellowships, and a residency (almost 15 years of my life) training for a career in academia, I jumped ship. It was quite honestly the most difficult decision I have ever made, and frankly, I was scared to death. What if I made the wrong decision? Did I just waste half my life? Will I hate my new career path? I think most of my colleagues still in academia thought I was crazy; they congratulated me with confused and concerned looks on their faces. Still, to this day, I question myself about whether the decision I made was the right one. And I can say with confidence, ABSOLUTELY.

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