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Non-academic career options for PhDs?

My partner is finishing a PhD in a social science next year and is unsure about staying in academia. Have any MeFites been in a similar position? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Apr 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Help, I’m in My Twenties and I Can't Get Out

After graduating into the recession in 2009 with a B.A. in neuroscience and English I spent the first couple of years of my post-college life just trying to get by rather than focusing on “What I Want To Do With My Life” or pursuing grad school or a career. Now that I’ve had a few years of job stability and the economic freedom to do something different, what should I start doing with my life? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Jul 29, 2013 - 7 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

How do I explain why my advisor isn't a reference?

My supervisor/thesis advisor has dropped off the face of the earth as I'm applying for jobs, so I can't count on him as a reference. How bad does this look, should I explain it in writing somewhere, and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

PhD in nursing?

What do you do with a PhD in nursing? Is getting one a good idea? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jul 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Asking for job advice for partner from future graduate advisor - etiquette?

I'm planning to ask for job advice on behalf of my partner, from my future graduate advisor, because my partner's interested in a job opening at my future graduate school. Totally acceptable / useful thing to do, or a horrible violation of academic etiquette? [more inside]
posted by pants on Jul 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Abandon ship?

I have a big, messy question about anxiety, student debt, grad school, loneliness, and employment. Here’s the crux of it: Should I go back to my PhD next year? If not, what should my plan for the next few months be? [more inside]
posted by The Art of Sockpuppetry on Jun 17, 2012 - 17 answers

From grad student to ... marketing-type-guy?

[Asking for a colleague filter] Marketing people, how do I jump from academia into your world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Career for someone with a background in earth sciences?

Looking for advice on possible careers post-grad school with earth sciences training. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me tell me friend she's a terrible writer

I am currently a student in a graduate program. A very close friend, who is in the same program, has begun sending me essays for school and correspondence related to her job search to proofread. In doing so, I have noticed a pattern: her writing is full of truly awful, egregious run-on sentences. Nearly every sentence is a run-on. My friend is very smart and accomplished, and I'm not quite sure how she's come this far without this issue being brought to her attention. She has been experiencing disappointment in her grades and career search, and I suspect that this problem may be contributing to the situation. (We are in a highly competitive and nitpicky field.) I think that as a friend, I have a responsibility to bring this to her attention, but I have no idea how in the world to do so in a way that's sensitive and doesn't make her feel bad or damage the friendship. Do I need to tell my friend? If yes, how do I bring it up?
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 28 answers

Does law school make sense for me?

As a general proposition, law school is a losing investment. But I’m a specific proposition. Should I go to law school? Lengthly, probably annoying specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 on Feb 2, 2011 - 47 answers

Leaving grad school and getting a job in a different field?

Information about leaving grad school and getting a job in a different field. Help me figure out how to get my foot in the door. Long background and question follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 - 3 answers

What kind of adventure should I have this summer?

I'm thirty years old, and it's my first semester of grad school after working in the corporate world for 8 years. It just kind of hit me that I'm going to have a summer vacation for the first time in forever. Whoa, awesome, but what to do with myself? Also, how to fund it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 - 13 answers

How to get a non-academic job whilst PhDing?

How do I get a relevant, non-academic job while finishing my PhD? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Apr 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Good idea, bad idea?

Am I over-thinking this, or will attending grad school at a CSU (California State University) hinder further career goals? Help me eliminate one more thing from my grad-application-frazzled mind! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 8 answers

How to maximize jobs with an obscure MA?

Starting fall 2010, I'll be going to grad school (Master's) in a pretty esoteric field (studying texts from late antiquity, written in an obscure language). If I decide not to go on to the PhD, what can I do now and during my Master's to maximize my job opportunities when I get out? Are there any skills you would really strongly recommend that I pick up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2009 - 13 answers

To stay or go? Life in grad school.

Another grad school issue/what do to with my life question. Long inside, bear with me please. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Feb 27, 2009 - 15 answers

What the heck am I qualified for?

I'm planning on leaving my high-pressure hard science PhD program for something that won't make me hate life quite so much. The problem is that I really don't want to go back to biotech/pharma industry, especially without a PhD, unless totally necessary to support my family. So what am I good for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2008 - 10 answers

When will I be able to confidently ask for mayo?

[Rambly-what-should-I-do-with-my-life-filter] Useless Master's degrees! Impending weddings! Mild-to-moderate homelessness! Help me figure out my next step before I resort to prostitution or, worse, telemarketing. [more inside]
posted by doift on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Can I get into grad school even though I screwed up in college?

Let's say I really- like really screwed up throughout college. Do I still have a shot to get into any grad schools? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2005 - 24 answers

Bright Spots in the PhD Job Market?

Are there any PhDs that offer a better chance of getting an academic job than others? [more inside]
posted by lalalana on May 2, 2005 - 16 answers

Where/how/what do I do to earn big bucks this summer?

I just got accepted into a graduate school program in Manhattan, which is great, but I'm going to need A LOT of money. I have one summer to earn money before going back to school. Where/how/what do I do to earn big bucks this summer? [more inside]
posted by geryon on Mar 1, 2005 - 14 answers

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