Hello Biostars community,
I have a dilemma. I am about to complete my Master's degree. Although I began graduate school with an emphasis on the wet lab, it was clear very early that my interests were in bioinformatics. Since early in my program I became the "pet" bioinformatician of my group and I have spent my own time learning R, Python and bash scripting. I have also taken workshops in bioinformatics for the analysis of bacterial genomes. I spend long days learning more and more and sharpening my skills. I have become useful to my group and other groups in my building. I definitely like bioinformatics better than the wet lab. Bioinformatics is my passion and I can contribute more to my group from that area.
Although I see a future in my lab working as a bioinformatician, as I approach the end of my program the job situation there does not seem as stable as I would like. My lab has a stronger focus on the wet lab and bioinformatics, although needed, is not what drives the research here. Thus, people with wet lab skills are usually better supported. In my case, I only have a few more months of employment guaranteed. After that, it is unclear.
I have received an offer from another lab with much better job stability. The issue (for me) is that they expect me to work on the wet lab besides working on bionformatics. I have told them that the wet lab it is not my strength (I haven't touched the pipette in 2 years), but they say they would be patient and teach me the techniques I need to learn to help them to generate the sequences that eventually will be analyzed by me. They also say that working on the wet lab would make me a better bioinformatician.
I would like to hear your opinions. Does working in the wet lab really make you a better bioinformatician? Or is working in the wet lab a waste of time that would better be spent improving my in silico skills? Thanks for your time.