When I first posted the Spectre of Professionalism one of my Twitter followers tweeted some useful questions. I figure he is not alone so I’ll address his questions in a series of blog posts. Chances are you were not attracted to academia by the professional identity of “Historian” or “Literary Scholar” or “Sociologist” or whatever [...]
What will you contribute to the success of the organization?
This is the primary question every person or committee who has ever hired anyone is trying to answer.
As with any other writing you do, audience matters. The people doing the hiring are the audience for your job application materials. They need to be written in such a way that they can find the information they need to answer this question.
The Conscious Careers course gives you tools and a structure for making decisions about jobs even in difficult times. We help you determine what you have to offer and figure out what your real options are. Learn more and register here. It’s not just that the labour market is awful right now. Higher education is [...]
Whether you are planning an academic career or looking for options outside of academia, the transition from student to career is difficult. An academic qualification may be necessary but it is never sufficient to get you a job. Potential employers are always looking at a combination of knowledge and skills in relation to the particular [...]
If an academic career is on your list of possible post-PhD paths, there are a few things you should know. The de facto requirements for an academic position have increased. It is unreasonable to expect that you will have all of these additional requirements at the same time as you are awarded the PhD. For most people, there is going to be a period of some other employment between finishing the PhD and getting that secure position. In this post, I lay out some options.