Should I stay or should I go?
Whilst an iconic song, also a great question about the right time to make the decision to "stay or go" when it comes to research life and academia.
Here's the thing: I love my research field. I care so much about improving access to assistive technologies and ensuring people get the best out of them to improve quality of life. The difficult is that I have really hit that part where I realised that my work won't love me like I love it. Now the turn of the year has happened, I'm conscious that my time is running out..there's not long left of my contract.
Being a research has been my identity for the past 4.5 years or so (okay not so long in the grand scheme of things!) but when is the time to let go? I could ask around and find another post to stay a researcher in academia, but it wouldn't really be doing exactly what wanted OR I could leave and move into industry and kindle my love for my other interests. There's nothing saying I can't use those skills in the future come back to my field.
So I guess, here's my question(s) to the community: when is the right to let go? what made you stay/leave? have any of you left academia/research life only to come back again?