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Leaning...backward? Better lifestyle, not-better job?

We'd like to move to another city for family reasons, but it will likely require a step back for me career-wise. I'd like to hear about how that worked out for other people. Can you help me get excited about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2014 - 16 answers

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

Is it best to continue my career in academia, or take a different path?

I am a 25 year old woman, and handing in my thesis tonight for a Master’s in English. I am at a crossroads in my life, and it’s making me very confused. My original plan was to go on to complete a Ph. D and become a college professor of English, while working as an adjunct instructor to gain teaching experience. But with the expense of living being what it is, as well as the student debt I’m in, I’m not sure if it’s worth it. Not only will a Doctoral program take me to greater debt, but working as an adjunct wont pay very well at all, and doesn’t come with benefits. I would need to take a handful of other part-time jobs to supplement the adjunct salary, just to pay the bills. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Dec 13, 2013 - 28 answers

What's it like being a university staff lifer?

After three and half years as a university staff member, I'm trying to figure out my next step. Tell me about your college staff career and help me decide whether the field is right for me, longterm. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Apr 11, 2013 - 10 answers

How to deal with an inefficient bureaucracy-- from the inside?

What are your strategies and best practices for being a cog in an inefficient bureaucracy? How do you compartmentalize the frustration and leave it in the office? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2013 - 14 answers

What are non-clinical, location-independent jobs that advance (or could advance) the cause of reproductive health?

What are non-clinical, location-independent jobs that advance (or could advance) the cause of reproductive health? How do you get the skills for those jobs? Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Oct 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Should I go back into academia?

I'm in desperate need of direction in my career and don't know how to make a decision. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Branch campus annoyances

I work as an administrator for a university and am based on a branch campus. My department would prefer it if I would spend the summers on the main campus, which involves a more arduous commute for me. My commute would bump up from 40 minutes to 1h20minutes. I would prefer to remain on my branch campus. My "higher-ups" like to frame things in terms of "let's negotiate something that works for everyone," but the power differentials tend to mean that I usually just go along with their preference. Are there tried and true methods for underlings to resist persuasion/coersion?
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Avoiding the two-body problem...

Anyone have career or life suggestions for a would-be “trailing spouse”? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Aug 19, 2009 - 25 answers

How do I go about changing tack in my career and getting back into academia?

I'm desperately bored working in the legal information sector and want to go back to university/get into academia, but I'm not quite sure how to get there. Very long winded background below. [more inside]
posted by shewhoeats on Jun 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me recession-proof my future, post-college life.

I'm 21 years old, about to graduate college, and the recession is freaking me out. I know there's no right or wrong answer to which course my life should take, but I need help focusing on realistic skills and places to live that I should be considering. [more inside]
posted by Muffpub on Jan 7, 2009 - 20 answers

What do you do in an advanced degree?

Those of you doing [post]graduate degrees...what exactly are you doing? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 22, 2008 - 14 answers

Ph.D. in Stressology

How can a Ph.D. student be less stressed and more enthusiastic? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Oct 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me become a higher-output writer!

Academic writing filter: I am a painfully slow writer. How might I go about developing a composition process that's higher-output, requires less concentration, and is more revision-friendly? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 8, 2008 - 13 answers

When and/or how do I ask for feedback at work?

Have you initiated asking your boss for feedback on your job? When is the time to do it, and how's it done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Academia: Should I stay or should I go?

I will finish my PhD in a few months, and now is the season for postdoc applications. Thing is, I am not sure if I want to stay and academia. Should I apply for postdocs anyways and keep my options open? If not, any Ph.D.s out there (especially physicists) who have any advice on making the transition away academia? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Nov 18, 2007 - 16 answers

Academic position nomination question

What does it mean to have someone nominate you for a non-faculty professional position at a university? [more inside]
posted by scratch on Jul 24, 2007 - 1 answer

Help me survive an appraisal at work

Tomorrow I have my annual appraisal with the deputy head of the department at the Uni. where I work. This is not my first time, as I been in this job for several years, but this time I am looking for advice on how to make this into a meaningful and useful meeting instead of the usual box-ticking exercise. Also, what is the best way to answer the standard questions they ask such as: "What were your most significant achievements since the last interview?" [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 12, 2007 - 3 answers

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