Hello everyone! I graduated in June with a M.S in Biomedical Engineering and obtained a starting job that I started three weeks ago as a quality control analyst related to the testing of pharmaceuticals in a company called ICON Plc. While it sounded good at the time of applying for the job there have been many problems arising from the nature of the job and the atmosphere of the company. This may just be because it is the first professional full time I have obtained but I still not sure... The original plan for getting this job was that it would give me a foot in the door in a career of biomedical research where I would stay in the position for 1 to 1.5 years and then advance myself to more advanced research functions then quality control of research data. I don't have much money of my own so this position would help me establish financial independence while staying at home and then moving on to new places once I have enough money. The first problem I'm facing is the Quality Control Analyst position is just looking through data sheets for errors and doesn't actually utilize any real mental capacity for problem solving. The second problem is that the company has taken the attitude that they don't want me to advance my career in biomedical research and want me to stay in this position. My graduate studies were done at Drexel University in Philadelphia so my goals are directed more towards moving back to Philadelphia or one of the other cities nearby me. They have also not met my expectations for salary and it is not "competitive" so I should be longing for another position sooner then later... At the present I give it until June 2017 that I start contacting my alumni network and applying for jobs. My education is that I have an A.S in Engineering Science, a B.S in Physics, and a M.S in Biomedical engineering. I have a large knowledge base in neuroscience, medical imaging, and signal processing; the problem here is probably that my skills are currently lacking. A lot of courses I have taken just gave experience in relation to Matlab coding towards specific problems in course, while some courses gave me experience in ImageJ and EEG most of the courses I have taken focused on a group project or presentation on previous research or doing a mock proposal for an engineering design or potential research study. Am I at a disadvantage compared to other people I'm competing with in the job market or do employers perceive me as being overqualified for simple research positions where I could get research experience? I have gotten interviews from other places and the understanding I got from my failed interviews is that I need to get more exposure to statistical software and neuroimaging software. The suggestions I have been given so far is to use Coursera and other online learning resources to gain this exposure and then apply for jobs after I have developed more skills. I'm skeptical if that is even realistic and this is putting doubt as to the future of my career and I'm currently stressing out about being stuck in my current position so I need to make sure I have a strong plan. I'm interested in targeting Philadelphia in places like the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine for entry level research positions that are acceptable at the Masters level. My preference is to be involved in research focused on neuroscience but at the present I'm not sure if it would be a good idea to be that focused once I start my job search. Another question I have to answer is what would the next research position lead to if I were to obtain it. The possibilities I see are either it eventually leads me to getting a job in biomedical engineering, pursuing a PhD, or advancing in that particular research function. The basis of that decision sounds like it would probably be circumstantial but I need to develop a resolve that is directing me and I don't think I can just focus on potentialities based on hypothetical future scenarios. I'm currently trying to figure out this whole problems so please ask me questions if I wasn't clear in some matter. This situation is producing a lot of anxiety so I'm making sure I'm expressing it in order to have the ability to look beyond my current starting job and not just going over this endlessly in my head and driving myself insane.... I would be very thankful to anyone who can help me focus a direction for my career so my current job doesn't bring me down.