so long suckers?
April 21, 2011 9:53 AM Subscribe
What did you do the summer before you went on the academic job market? What do you wish you had done?
posted by gerryblog to Education (10 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
It looks like I'm going to finish my (humanities) dissertation next spring, which means I'll be spending the fall semester awash in the glory of my first run at the academic job market. I'm looking to get a leg up on both this process and on the end of my dissertation, as well as for any tips, tricks, and hacks I may not have thought of that will make this all as pleasant as humanly possible.
For what it's worth, I'm fully funded in a highly ranked Literature program with good advisors who are well-known in my field, with a few publications already out and more on the way. I'll be applying more or less exclusively to English departments and American Studies jobs in the U.S. and Canada, and (possibly) the U.K. Obviously I can't argue with the wisdom of the "you're already doomed" caucus, but I'm prepared to beat my head against the job market wall for at least a few years yet.