On the first day of summer 2023, I defended my PhD and soon took a very long vacation to have a good rest, and went to my hometown. While on vacation, I unexpectedly came across an interesting vacancy. I was attracted to it because it was a good starting position for working in a new area of scientific interest. I responded, but didn’t expect to receive an invitation. Everything turned out differently.
The head of one of the departments contacted me, we phoned, I told about myself, he briefly told me what his department was working on and sent me introductory materials. He said that after that there would be more interviews with him and his colleagues, and then with the company’s management. We did not discuss the exact timing of the next contact, but we agreed in the spirit of “when you study the introductory materials”. Well, I read them quite quickly, but I never got in touch... It was August 2023.
The fact is that the company is located in a large city and quite far from where I lived and worked recently. But I overestimated my current capabilities and at that moment I was simply not mentally, physically and financially ready for such major changes as moving. Recently, a colleague and I completed a small project, and I felt that most likely it was time to carefully return to full-time work. A little later, I came up with the idea of offering the employer a hybrid work format. That is, visit the company office from time to time, and work remotely the rest of the time. This transitional method would help me both start work and improve my financial situation, which I would later take advantage of and move fully. But about 5 months have passed...
Is the path closed or can the situation be somehow improved and trust restored?