The conference itself was quite interesting and thankfully some Massey colleagues who I hadn't met before welcomed me into what they were doing and therefore I had a very nice time in the evenings when I was expecting it to be quite a solo experience which I must confess I wasn't looking forward to.
My paper got second in the dissertation competition which whilst good didn't come with any prize money!!! Many of the conference presentations were interesting but I did find myself more interested in papers that seemed to have a practical application rather than ones that dug into areas which were primarily of academic interest.
Anyway it is good to see what's what, it gives you a better feel for whether you fit or you don't into the academic world and very much thanks to my colleagues I'm back in the 50/50 zone where I was leaning pretty heavily away from academia. Still can't see myself ever being 100% in the academic world.
Next week I get the last chance to organise pretty much what and where I'll be for 2013 and it looks like a little bit of teaching and a lot more employment and consulting. Then if I can I'm going to try and rest and re-cooperate over the festive season and really try and relax. I know it will be a lonelier time than I was expecting but I'm hoping to achieve some sort of catharsis.....