Of course, if I am ambitious and prove myself, I will be able to have a more general influence. I'm always surprised at what I am capable of doing with deep-seated hatred to press me on.
If you can't manage a team, you'll never go up from an operationist. Very few tasks in applied fields can be done singlehandedly.
Yep. So if you work in some applied field, like guidance, or robotics, or laser physics and perform good, you'll get some applied tasks.
For example my father's lab after multiple budget cuts still didn't sank only because of various medicine and even theatrical perfomance tasks with lasers. Because of that when they recently got cut on two persons, they managed to have only one person leaving. Noone needs science in land of orange democracy, though, only scientists themselves.
They're going to be wasted for me anyway
Sorry, I kinda got tired of telling "it's your own life, do what you want".
So, yes, you're right, you're gonna waste these years anyway if you want it so.
Is Comic Book Guy a right role model for you or you prefer a generic trekkie?