Force Reducted and COVID-19

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. A lot has happened since my last post. First, I finally received my Ph.D. after eleven years in college, an internship with the Department of Energy at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and countless hours teaching, researching, writing, and presenting.

Since then, I’ve taken some time to work in the non-profit sector (my first love), giving back to the Hampton Roads community that has made my life so enjoyable since I first came here after joining the US Navy in 2004. Unfortunately, like many other jobs, the COVID-19 crisis resulted in my position falling victim to a force reduction. Our CEO spent months trying desperately to save it, but nature prevailed. Therefore, at the moment, I’m back where I started over a year ago when I donned the doctorate—jobless and searching.

I’m not unhappy, however. I thoroughly enjoy my life—both the ups and downs. I plan to continue searching in the non-profit sector. Service to my community matters first and foremost, even though I could be making a lot more money in Washington, DC, at any number of think tanks or in Vienna at the International Atomic Energy Agency. I didn’t go to school for eleven years for money, however. If I did, I would’ve stopped at the master’s and gone to DC. I went to school for so long so that I could come to a charitable organization with the weight of a Ph.D. and the skills I picked up earning it. Admitedly, this means it’s very likely I’ll work a job for which I’m wholly overqualified and under paid. And that’s okay.

I’ll be sure to post here again soon. I have a few analyses in the works, but most aren’t very timely. I’ll speak soon. -Ryan

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