Transitioning from academia back to a former job
December 28, 2013 1:00 PM Subscribe
I'm coming to think that, while I don't hate academia, I'm beginning to like it less and less and have apprehensions about continuing through to my dissertation. I'm in my second year of the PhD program, and have a masters with practical application in the field that I was working in before deciding to continue on to my PhD. The place where I was working, a public library, is now hiring for a position similar to the one that I was in before I left. Typically my master's degree would command a higher salary, and I think I would probably need a little bit more than what they're offering to live comfortably and start paying down my extant debt accrued during my masters (I'm not taking on any new loans, thankfully).
I left on great terms, and feel like a really strong candidate for the job with the skills I've gained in the interim, but would only be able to take it with slightly higher salary than they offer now. I loved this job, and it's looking more and more appealing compared to my current experience in academia. What steps should I take to contact the HR department of the library system to a) let them know that I'm interested and suss out how interested they might be in me, and b) talk about flexibility in salary?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (2 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A few other dangling questions regarding this...
Does it look bad that I'd be leaving an academic program without completing it?
What is leaving a PhD program like? The project that I'm funded through technically has me on contract for this academic year, I believe. What steps should I take, assuming I get another job, to leave gracefully and as painlessly as possible for all parties?
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