Today I was confronted again with the reality of life in academia.
Since I have started working at the Terrestrial Ecology group at the Technical University of Munich – about fifteen months ago – the group has been relatively stable at the employee level. There has been the usual turnover in students and student helpers, of course. We have also seen the arrival of several new group members. This is the fun part, as you will get to know new people, often from different parts of the world and different walks of life. Today I got reminded again of the other side of the coin.
People will leave.
Academia is all temporary.
Not just my own position has an end date. Most other positions also have end dates. This sort of system unequivocally results in a high turnover of colleagues. This is probably neat if you tend to turn your colleagues into enemies or competitors, but I rather collaborate, and make friends, not enemies. For me it usually means I have to say goodbye to people I appreciate.
What’s worse is that I realize that I may have reached a point where soon I may not be able to stay in touch…