So, industry it is. As I've mentioned before, the job market is terrible right now. So I've had to branch out some in my search, to places where I hadn't expected to look and/or aren't exactly right up my alley. And some of them are nibbling, because they're in industries not hurting as badly as my "home" industry.
On the one hand, I feel so frustrated because these are not research jobs. These are not jobs I've spent years in graduate school to do. These are "beneath" me, so to speak. At least, the me of a year ago would have thought so. However, all the natural job fits for me right now are totally frozen solid. What does that say about my potential industry? I don't know. I am sure it will thaw, and everyone assures me it will thaw, but when....??
On the other hand, these other possibilities are potentially exciting jobs, in a different area of expertise than I have and an opportunity to try something new. They are probably faster-paced, and way closer to product. They are quite a departure from what I know, and this might be the perfect time to try something else on for size. The academic snob in me inherently thinks the farther from end user you are, the cooler, because that implies larger scope/range/research possibilities. Another part of me says, "but this might be the hot place to be! And what you do here could potentially have a lot more impact!!"
So....I'm at odds with myself. But I have a few nibbles from these other jobs, phone reach-outs so far, and I have a lot of preparation to do before things move to the next level, because, as I've said, these are not areas in which I am an expert in. These jobs will rely a lot more on my practical knowledge than my ability to analyze, theorize, and wonder about far-off things...But you know, beggars can't be choosers.
Sigh/kinda exciting, depending on my mood.