||I really appreciate your advice, Minilek.
I know I don't have quite the expertise as MIT Ph.D alums, but I would like to go somewhere (even if not academia) to study algorithms. I just felt the Optimization Team for Amazon.com wasn't for me. But maybe I made a wrong choice.
I'm currently interviewing with Microsoft, but definitely not for their research group. I would really like to work in algorithms related field(s), but I just don't know how to dive into a group. When I was doing my Masters', everyone was older, so I couldn't study with others.. maybe that's the main problem? Even at my job currently, everyone is at least twenty years older... (maybe I'm just giving bad excuses)
Either way, I don't look good on paper, at all. Maybe I should just stick to my job (which is unrelated to my interests), or just look for some company that has a research group, and then possibly transfer after working there a short time?
What do you think I should do?