Are you within 12 - 18 months of finishing your dissertation? I know that's a hard question. And you can't really know with any certainty. Do you feel like you are approaching the end of this process? Have you considered a post-doctoral fellowship? Even if you are closer to finished or have … [Read more...] about Start thinking about your post-doc early
When I said that I strongly believe that the purpose of PhD programs is not to prepare students for academic careers, I didn't mean that PhD programs should do more to prepare students for more types of careers. I meant that universities are not in the business of job training. Not at … [Read more...] about PhD programs are not career training
They are advertising. Some of their program officers have been around for a long time but all of them start on short term contracts. You could focus on the short-term part, and the lack of security, or you could see it as a good opportunity to try out a job that is related to your academic … [Read more...] about Ever considered being a program officer for SSHRC?
It means that it's a competition, just like the Olympics. It means that you can be among the best in the world and still not get a medal job. It means that you have to go out there and do what needs to be done to the best of your ability anyway. Potential employers don't want to know what … [Read more...] about What it means to say the job market is “competitive”
It is not uncommon to hear glib statements about how the era of the job for life has passed. And yet, people still routinely ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. And we still talk about education as if you get educated in your youth, which prepares for the job you'll have as an … [Read more...] about You don’t have to know what you’re going to be when you grow up