1. Last week I had my PhD graduation ceremony. It was rather warm in the fancy red robe and academic hat (that tuft, could it be used to keep flies away, or am I thinking too equine here?) but it was great. Family came over and well... bit weird feeling now: PhD done, still looking for work, and still more leaning towards working with horses than with people. So, big question now: where to go from here?

    Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:24:22 UTC from web
    1. @yorkiebrony Nowhere to go but up.

      Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:29:24 UTC from web
    2. @yorkiebrony Con-GRADUATIONS!!

      Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:31:28 UTC from web
      1. @thelastgherkin That's terrible.

        Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:32:57 UTC from web
    3. @yorkiebrony Congratulations! Now the /hard part/ begins.

      Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:40:08 UTC from StatusNet Desktop
      1. @ceruleanspark Try not to let too many people in on the terrible secret of real life.

        Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:49:15 UTC from web
      2. @ceruleanspark Thehard part? That has been going on since 2003 when I first started to apply for graduate jobs.

        Friday, 19-Jul-13 16:20:24 UTC from web
        1. @yorkiebrony What is your degree in? Something with Horses, by the tone of your previous post?

          Friday, 19-Jul-13 16:24:50 UTC from web
          1. @ceruleanspark Sociological Studies. I explored children's perceptions of 'the rural' in Belgium and the Netherlands. For many years I thought I would do policy-based research, but with the current budget cuts... Difficult... The PhD brought me to the horses though: I volunteer with (therapeutic) riding lessons, so perhaps now I should try to become a qualified riding instructor instead of trying to stay in academia.

            Friday, 19-Jul-13 17:29:03 UTC from web
            1. @yorkiebrony Therapeutic Riding? Like, the horses-for-autistic-kids thing?

              Friday, 19-Jul-13 17:38:40 UTC from web
              1. @ceruleanspark Indeed. I'm one of the volunteers for Riding for the Disabled. Some of these children turn out to be very good riders, but the most important gain is that through riding and equine care they learn empathy and responsibility, and they open up to their surroundings. Such work - or Equine Assisted Therapy - would really be ideal, but funding is an issue here as well.

                Friday, 19-Jul-13 18:41:34 UTC from web
                1. @yorkiebrony Do you have to be referred to it, or could a person simply buy in.

                  Friday, 19-Jul-13 18:42:38 UTC from web
                  1. @ceruleanspark If I may post links: In my case the children are special needs pupils (e.g. diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, autism, etc.) of a local school. I also have heard of such lessons for adults, but I think one has to go via the local health trust to see whether there is funding and a place available.

                    Friday, 19-Jul-13 18:45:49 UTC from web
    4. @vt3c No, stop asking.

      Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:53:51 UTC from web
    5. @vt3c You're talking to Gherkin.

      Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:54:09 UTC from web