I have recently found myself only barely qualifying, or being disqualified by a hair, for advertised "early career" activities and conferences: either I'm a little too old (really, who puts an age limit on being "early career"!?) or my PhD completion date falls just after the oldest date that qualifies.
I'm also suddenly being asked to pay FULL PRICE for society memberships. I think there should be a SLAC value, honestly, that falls between "student" and "full". Those things are expensive!
I'm not ready to be done with my "early career" status! Does this mean I'm expected to know what I'm doing!?
6 hours ago