I'm specifically creating this topic out of concern for career prospects so I'm putting this under the career section. I'm at the stage where I have had my starting job for almost six months since leaving my graduate studies with a M.S in Biomedical Engineering where I'm performing a basic quality control function on scientific data for a pharmaceutical company in my hometown. I'm certain that I'm going to advance myself but so far it is unclear how I would go about doing that since in graduate school I had a specialization in neural engineering which prepares me either for research associate positions, further graduate studies, or innovation in medical devices that is also going to probably require further graduate studies. My current job is not related to my studies in graduate school or undergraduate studies where I also have degrees in Engineering Science and Physics whereas my job function focuses on analytical chemistry. Since as a child I had medical experiences involved with the brain I'm seriously motivated to get involved in the field and based on my present job I know I'm not going to be comfortable deviating from that focus. Since I'm in an isolated environment with no real networking in industry but have Professor contacts from graduate school and my undergraduate studies it would seem a realistic option would be to apply for a PhD for the 2018-2019 term year at Universities that have funding for research in neurotechnology. If I apply for a second job now it creates conflicts with my employers and I would either be doing something I don't like at a higher salary or a research function that would probably just lead to the PhD path. At this point I'm uncertain if I have the proper skills to go into another research position and the job search seems chaotic since there is no specific focus. My boss wants me to be successful and not be stuck in this job position but was concerned about me leaving within four months; since I don't yet have experience in medical device innovation and translational research, doing a PhD sounds like the best options and creates the least amount of conflict. Would it be reasonable to say that further graduate studies through a PhD in biomedical engineering would allow me to gain experience in original research design, programming, and medical devices that would be attractive both in academia and industry? I'm confident if I plan this out I would have a lot of opportunities for networking so I would have contacts as I approach obtaining the PhD. I just got really excited about this possibility today so I wanted some unbiased advise on pursuing further graduate studies given my situation. I'm probably not explaining the whole situation so please ask questions if something doesn't make sense. I look forward to the responses and straightening out my goals.