This is part 2 of a series about confidence. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about meaningfulness. The introductory section is repeated so you don't have to read them in any particular order. External validation is not a reliable antidote to self-doubt. It can help, but only if it validates … [Read more...]
Finding Your Way: Academic life as a journey
One of the great attractions of an academic career is the level of autonomy and freedom that you have. Some possible paths are clearly marked. Others are less obvious. Roadblocks are a frequent problem. Regardless of your stage of career, posts in this section help you identify the signposts and make decisions.
External validation is not a reliable antidote to self-doubt. It can help, but only if it validates something you are already pretty confident is true. If your confidence is low, you extend your self-doubt to the judgements others make. Your gremlins are perfectly capable of telling you that the … [Read more...]
There are a lot of different ways to have an academic career. Your academic career is affected by both your own values and desires, and by forces beyond your control. Although a lot of academic career advice suggests that there is a clear path to success, there are lots of reasons you may not end up … [Read more...]
This post was originally published in University Affairs Careers Cafe on April 29, 2013. When you make a decision about a job or a program of study, it is normal to imagine how your life story will unfold if you take this step. Sometimes that story gets in the way of moving forward, or closes … [Read more...]
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "I've Got Tenure, How Depressing" (Kathryn D. Blanchard, 31 January 2012), highlights the fact that even getting a coveted tenure-track position doesn't necessarily lead to the "happily ever after" ending. Since my provost gave me the news about my … [Read more...]