One of my dreams since high school was to some day get a Ph.D. and then (for a short time) work at McDonald's or Target or deliver pizzas, or something like that. That dream may soon become reality. Well, it's at least possible now.
I'm in an interesting situation right now. Since May 31, I'm no longer on the NSF Fellowship. I'm planning to start a company but it will take time, probably several months at least. The business will require a lot of initial research and development, which I am doing now. But I don't want to work for a university because they will own partial intellectual property rights to whatever I develop while on their payroll. And I definitely can't work for a meteorology company (for similar reasons). So I pretty much can't work in meteorology this summer.
I'm sure I could do graphic or web design somewhere. But I've already done that. I've never worked in fast food or at a store, and I'll probably never get another opportunity to do so. So it's an option I'm considering. I don't know whether or not I'd tell them I have a Ph.D. What do you think?
I think I'd learn a lot from it and it would be a great experience. But I wouldn't want to take such a job away from somene who needs it more than I do. And I might be unqualified, as I've never had that kind of job before.