Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bad advice

Things are quiet around here. Too quiet. Inspired by this Twitter thread, and in the aftermath of the W incident, what bad advice about grad school or the job market have you been given? Or good advice?

I received no specific bad advice, just lots of conflicting advice. I was always told that getting a TT job was a longshot. I was told to NEVER go to APA Eastern unless I had a job interview. That is good advice I have followed. Last year, I didn't go even with job interviews (Hello Skype! "Can you see me?").


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Leaving Academia

(Glad to still see some people using the internet despite the Heartbleed bug!)

A few days ago, Justin at Daily Nous pointed us to this post about what departments might do to help those who are leaving academia.

He ends his post:
I think it would be helpful to hear ideas about what departments can do, or have been doing, to help current students or recent graduates find non-academic careers. Maybe some brainstorming is in order. And perhaps we can draw from other professions, such as the arts or athletics, which also are structured to leave many aspirants lacking the jobs their training seemingly best prepares them for.
I was recently told by a friend who pursued an alt-ac career that their advisor's possible reaction scared them the most (well, maybe not most, but it worried them). But, once revealed, the advisor was nothing but supportive and that made pursuing a different career easier.

Read the whole post, then comment.

-- Jaded, Ph.D. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PhilJobs News

PhilJobs' new Appointments feature has gone live, and it is good. You can see all appointments at once, or click separate tabs for Senior hires, Junior TT, Fellowships, and "other" (VAPs, adjuncts, etc.). A nice convenience is that the listings are in descending order (most recent postings at the top), unlike Leiter's ascending scroll. There's also a search field, so you can search for a position, or one of your friends.

PhilJobs is doing this in conjunction with the APA, as part of the initiative to track hiring data. Appointments data from Leiter's thread and Carolyn Dicey Jennings' database have been incorporated for one-stop shopping.