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?
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. (The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr) Whether you believe in that god or not, the sentiment of this prayer is just good advice. You can always just cut out … [Read more...] about What you can change
Recently a client asked me to help her figure out how to work less. She is frustrated by long hours, working weekends, and so on. She figures at this stage of her career she should be able to have a better balance. As we worked together, it became clear to me that the number of hours worked in a … [Read more...] about Is “number of hours” the right measure?
I've got a lot going on this month. First up, the next session of Conscious Careers starts Thursday October 6. I'm looking forward to working with a new group of students. We're still in touch with some of the alumni and they have found it really helpful. In fact, one of them wrote about it in … [Read more...] about October plans
You'd think that once you get that academic job and get through whatever process you have to go through to keep it (tenure, probation, or whatever it's called where you live), it would be plain sailing. You have been judged by your peers to know what you are doing and be doing it … [Read more...] about How I help mid-career academics