Wednesday, August 19, 2009

美顶尖大学毕业 博士失业改驾德士

Stanford PhD as Taxi-Driver in Singapore

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自称蔡明杰(译音,Cai Ming Jie)的博士,在今年4月6日,以“一个新加坡德士司机的日记”为题目,开始在网上写博客。


他声称,他在新加坡科技研究局的分子与生物细胞研究院(Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology,IMCB)担任16年的首席研究员,可是却在事业颠峰期离开研究工作,过后因为种种原因找不到合适的工作。






Probably the only taxi driver in this world with a PhD from Stanford and a proven track record of scientific accomplishments, I have been forced out of my research job at the height of my scientific career, and unable to find another one, for reasons I can only describe as something "uniquely Singapore". As a result, I am driving taxi to make a living and writing these real life stories just to make the dull job a little more interesting. I hope that these stories are interesting to you too.


What happens to Singapore. It is sad to of knowing this news that Singapore is so materialistic of terminating his job at that age, who had contributed his valuable knowledge to the company as a principle investigator. I previously thought Singapore was more cherish to science & high tech related industries besides business since Singapore is in a shortage of knowledgeable researchers and scientists. I might change the view on Singapore. Is it a cold blood materialistic country? No wonder people say Singapore is a good place to earn money (when you are young) but not on living, especially for the elders, since the medical charges are astronomically expensive. Is it true?
This news is a bit demotivating me as I am pursuing my Phd in NTU. Is it a good decision of studying Phd? Just looking forward and strive hard...since I have no plan of settling down here :p

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