It's official. I have a job for next year, and it's at Google. As seems to be their practice, I don't really know what I'll be doing, and won't until I get there, other than that I'll be a "Software Engineer." I suppose that's so I can't tell all of you! I'm hoping it's something nicely geometric, and maybe even something that relates to my research on kinetic sensor data. They certainly have a lot of changing data.
But, despite my theory bent, or perhaps because of doing mostly theory for the past few years, I'm excited to make something that people will actually use. The liberal arts student in me likes to learn about and do lots of different things, and I think I'll get to do that there. I was also really impressed with my interviewers - it seemed obvious that I'd learn a lot by working with people like them. Certainly, I won't be bored, and that's something I've been realizing lately is incredibly important to me.
I know many people may consider that this means I'm leaving research. Instead, I'd say that I'm going to be working on practical research. It will probably mean less papers, but more working systems. Research vs. Industry. It's a false dichotomy, or perhaps I just think it should be.