Hi all, I have recently finished a PhD in quantum physics. At the moment I am a postdoc in the same group. I really enjoy what I am currently doing. I am moderately successful in a sense that I will probably be able to find a second and maybe a third postdoc, but most likely not successful enough to nail an Australian equivalent of tenure. I also don't feel that I could lead a group now, I get the best results and the most satisfaction when working on my supervisor's ideas. I would strongly prefer to stay in Australia or New Zealand in the long term. I don't mind working elsewhere for a couple of years, but preferably not for too long. Those physics postdocs in Australia who I personally know eventually tend to leave the country for good, or stay in Australia and at least temporarily leave skilled labour (become waiters, shop assistants, start a different degree from scratch). There was also a third group who managed to secure various government-related positions, but that avenue now appears closed at least for the next few years. What do Physics PhDs do in a country with little-to-no industry aside from agriculture and mining? Do you know anyone in a similar position in Australia or New Zealand? What avenues of employment might be available? Most importantly, are any of these avenues likely to close if I spend a few more years in academia in contrast to trying to get out of academia as quickly as possible? Thanks in advance!