Should I tell them I eventually want to teach?
April 29, 2012 1:29 PM Subscribe
Should I mention my plan to continue academic research in my interview for a fundraising management job at a small college that is part of a major research university? I have a lot of industry experience and raised strong results. I want to stress that I understand the time pressures but I also do not want to overload myself with more than one back-story. What are your thoughts?
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
I am going for an annual fund manager job in the hopes of doing team management and research about how people donate money. I could make all of the research proprietary if need be and work for the reference.
Alternatively, I could decide to put away my research for a year and do journal articles until 2014. It would allow me to save some money and take a long vacation but a vacation is not exactly what I need. I could just get a better mattress and some roof insulation to be a little more happy.
So, I am really going back to work because I would like to do something else than sit around on my ass thinking about graduate school. I have invites to apply to most of the best places in my country but I also feel trapped by not working. I have not worked for 11 weeks since resigning my last job. I had saved up for several months to take time off and I am comfortable, in a great relationship with a woman I have a great sexual and social accord with, and I have low housing costs.
My anxiety lies in the supposition that if I put off doing a PhD this year, I am going to continue this cycle of putting big decisions off "because of the job" rather than for the sake of it. I have unfortunately always worked as a fundraiser for people who did not take education seriously, so I mainly learned from my mistakes. I think most fundraisers really do wait for the phone to ring because they are tired of the task of cold-calling. I understand that mentality because it can be menacing. I think that telephone fundraisers can be trained into excellent customer service while also learning fundraising and perhaps take part much more in other development activities.
So here you have someone who is basically a scholar who takes fundraising seriously. A paradox to be addressed or best left unsaid?
I know that I should not give them any reason to say no. Are charities really liberal enough to understand continuing education at personal expense or am I living a pipe dream? I know this mindset of the 'entrepreneur' that is currently thriving that says a person should get out of college and go right into seizing life by the horns and making an investment. But I know the reality is that education is a not a bad thing to continue if are able to apply the skills to the workplace.
I believe I would be able to work without crossing the lines of practice. I have worked part-time as a company's managing director while doing my master's degree full time and only being able to work 20 hours a week legally and I still raised a lot of clients and money. I don't think it could be so different this time except that I would be required to be hands-on in a phone room three or four nights a week if necessary. That's possible and might present good brain food.
Would I make a big mistake talking about advancing my academic potential?