When you are looking for an academic job it is hard to imagine that you could get one and be unhappy, even miserable. And yet, I've met unhappy academics. Sometimes you're just overwhelmed. It seems like there is so much to do that there will never be enough hours in the day to do it. You try, … [Read more...] about What’s YOUR ideal academic job?
This is the 2nd post in a short series about guilt. You may also be interested in Stop feeling guilty, and Take guilt off your to do list. To further complicate the guilt thing... let me throw in that much of it for me stems from unclear expectations/paths/value of diff … [Read more...] about Guilt is complicated
One difference between an academic career and other forms of employment is that you are often left to manage your workload yourself. The basics are decided by someone else, but you are always "free" to take on more. You have permission to decide whether to take on these obligations Saying "no" is … [Read more...] about Permission to refuse service/admin requests
Sometimes I think that you will all just think I've lost my mind. (cue Robbie Williams "...It was mine to give away...") The academic labour market, heck the entire labour market, is going to hell in a handbasket and I'm telling you to think about your passion and your best contribution. I'm … [Read more...] about Maybe I’m not crazy
Instead of asking yourself what you are going to do with all this education you have ... Instead of wondering what you have to do to get someone to hire you ... Instead of focusing on all the external expectations, constraints, etc ... Why not ask yourself this question? What is my best … [Read more...] about What is your best contribution?