How much of a factor is age in getting a PhD/teaching job?
August 12, 2008 4:22 PM Subscribe
Middle age career-switch filter: I am considering getting a PhD in a subject in the humanities that is notoriously difficult to find work in-- in order to become an academic and teach at the college level. Am I too old to reasonably expect to be able to make this happen?
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I will likely be either 45 or 46 or possibly even 47 by the time I finish the PhD: is this too old to find a teaching or even a TA position, or does anyone have first-hand experience or second-hand knowledge that might be helpful here, i.e. of people who have done this and been successful at it? Any advice on this is welcome. My background up until now has been in a mostly unrelated field. I am confident I will do well in school and as an academic--but worry about the realities of finding a teaching job as a fresh PhD in my mid forties. In particular, I would think ensuring I am in a program where grad students serve as TA's and teach intro classes is essential?