Hello everyone, I am in a crossroad-phase of my life and I wanted to share my thoughts with my fellow TrekBBSers. First of all, if I choose so, I can have a new job! Yay! Well, I don't have it yet, but I passed all relevant exams and interviews, had all the required medical tests done and now I am waiting for the official announcement. This job is with the Police Force where I will be working as a computer science special officer. I don't know all the details yet. I doubt it will be something highly challenging but it seems more interesting than other job alternatives right now. However, taking this job means turning my life upside down. I am close to getting my PhD in computer science and, up to now, I have been thinking about an academic career. Right now, there are very limitted career opportunities in my country. I don't really foresee any tenure track positions for my generation of people. While there are some research positions available here, to follow an academic career, I will have to relocate to some other country. While being willing to do it, I would prefer to build my life here, close to my family and friends. Now, this job offer comes along. I will still have to move and go to the capital. I do not expect to be as well-paid as an academic abroad, but I will have an average-paid job right now and not in 5 or 10 years. Also, since Master and PhD titles were asked for the job, I want to believe that it will be something more stimulating than a simple office job. I feel like the logical decision is to take the job, but I can't help feeling out of my waters. My PhD is going very well, I truly believe that I have the chance to persue a nice academic career. But this will come with the cost of moving from country to country for post-docs for years and most probably never returning home. If I take the job, I will have more free time for myself and better chances for having a family before my 40s. But I will also miss the travelling and the conferences and doing research. No matter what choice I make, I may regret it in a few years and there is no way to know it beforehand. This decision will define my career and I can't seem to find the way to decide. I imagine there are people here who have been in similar situations at some point of their life, so I wanted to share my concerns. Thank you for reading this far down!