Hello all! I recently joined a environmental(ecology dept.) research institute as a mathematical modeller(JOB).I am by degree a automotive engineer with a passion for mathematics.I am still fresh out of graduate school but I eventually see myself as head for a automotive R&D business 4-5 years down the line. Should I be worried that I am deviating from the "normal" career path that most engineers pursue?-Degree-internship-gain experience in industry. 1.Do profit-based companies look at such research experience as a plus? 2.Will a journal publication look good on my CV when I apply for a job?