It's been a while since I've been on this board, I've been quite busy this past couple of months while I was finishing my phD (wort experience ever), then I needed time off to be able to heal from the mental fatigue, stress (almost to the point I'll call it being injured).
As weirdly as it may sound, here is the only place I feel comfortable talking.
As a newly graduate all I know is I want to change career (my family is supportive about it though, but have no idea about how to do it, as they got their 1st and only job right after graduating a long time ago).
The awful end of my phD made me realize that ballet was an essential part of my life, and I wanted to be involved more in it (not as a dancer obviously :-) ), if it wasn't for ballet, I'm perfectly sure I would have lost my sanity in the process.
As I'm looking for career change (probably in another country as I'm feeling so constricted right now), I thought about being involved in ballet on some kind. First I though about opening a ballet shop, but in my country the amount of paper work involved in horrendous (and then want people to open more businesses!!) banks were also reluctant to lend me money to open a shop as I was currently unemployed (yes but I want to open a shop to have a job !!!). My second though was to work in a theater or something ballet related (working in ballet school for a living is not an option in my country as it's mainly voluntary work). I soon realized that my qualification as a biologist was not going to help me to get a job in the so closed world of theater/arts. I then though that I could maybe find skills I learned during my PhD that could be useful for such a job. Friends and family (and btw my previous bosses too) have always been amazed as how I managed to work near 60h a week, dance for 10h each week, have a happy dog at home and still sleep at night. So maybe I can use my scheduling/planning skills for that matter (for my self as planning experiment involving different people form different team). English is not my mother language so I also got better at it. By practicing ballet regularly I also learn hard work, patience and also sewing (shoes, leotard, skirt, even a practice tutu) and apparently I'm good at saying if someone else pointe shoe is wrongly fitted and what the problem (it doesn't work on me though :-( ). I thought I might put that in a nicely written (trying to be at least) cover letter and send it to a few theater as spontaneous application, staying that I would also accept apprenticeship.
I have no idea if this is going to work or not, but at least I would have tried. It's been in my head for a while but it's just freaks me out, what if not, what if yes, what can I do if nothing work... (my field of qualification if completely full now, so I will have to change again my "career search" ).
I think I just needed to say it out loud with fellow ballet lovers that aren't still in high school... I'm also taking any advice you might have !
And I'm sorry because I have, once again, wrote a novel but it had to get out of my head