Not academic now, but academic later?
April 5, 2014 6:57 AM Subscribe
What should I do now to increase my chances to getting into academia later?
posted by Chorus to Education (26 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
30 year old mature student, History major. On track for a 'first' in 1st year. I really want to get into academia in the future and also make a great candidate for a funded masters program, too. I'm also the first person in my family to go to college and my family are NOT supportive of my studying a degree at all (think death by 1000 cuts, little 'jabbing' remarks all the time). So I have nobody to advise me on getting from here to there. My uni's career advisory is being very hand-wavy and don't seem to get that time/age is against me.
Prior to and outside of college, I've solid work history in administration, supervising two regional offices for 5 years. I'm also a published fiction writer.
The summer is coming and I'm freaking out a little over building experience *now* that will stand to me down the line. I have some options:
- Run courses in a craft skill I can teach
- Write over the summer with a view to publishing more
- Contact museums/heritage places about volunteering
- Work retail for as many hours as I can and sock away money
- All the above? Or would that make me look TOO diversified?
I know this is only my 1st year summer, but I've nearly 4 months free to do something that'll help my career later. I'm the sort who lives in the library during term time, loves history and truly adores essay writing. I think running craft courses would add 'teaching skills' to a CV, but volunteering would give valuable subject-related experience. But publishing written work over the summer might show I'm publishable at all?
Any advice to an over-eager, anxious first year would really be appreciated!