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If you calculate the three hours commuting plus the two hours teaching, you're working five hours per day. If the amount they're offering (minus train fare) seems acceptable to you for five hours of your time, you should probably go for it.
The positive side of a long train commute is that you can get a lot of your own reading and writing done (assuming your seat partner isn't too chatty ;-)). Initially, it may seem tiring, especially during the winter months, but at least you don't have to go into town every day. Sounds like it could be a great opportunity!
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Welcome, Ataur! Congratulations on starting your PhD program. I hope you'll enjoy the journey. It's good to have a place to come for support along the way.
Sending you your first robin of spring! (robin)
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Hi Karrol! I took your survey. :-) Gender and academia is actually a "hot topic" right now, and the questions you're posing are interesting on many levels.
I don't know much about life, but while trying to figure out what to do, maybe an important question to ask yourself is, "What do I really want?" I didn't get a sense of that from your post. If academia is your "dream", then you have to go for it and do the post-doc, or else you may end up resenting your family for holding you back.
If you're pursuing academia with lukewarm passion, then forget the post-doc, and consider all the other directions you can take with an Education degree (policy, research, administration, etc.). There are a lot of possibilities in both the commercial and non-profit sectors.
I completely understand about the need to be pragmatic and support your family, but perhaps factoring in your own happiness is important too.
Sometimes it's helpful to write to people who are already working in your field, and doing what you want to do: find out their background, and find out what they recommend as far as an education and career trajectory. (You might be pleasantly surprised by what can come out of a little "networking.") It's possible you only need to do more courses in genetics, and not a full degree. On the other hand, if Germany is where your specialization is flourishing, you should probably find a way to get there, and securing an education visa to study abroad will probably be the easiest way to do that.
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