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Leaving Academia, but Sticking it Out for the Degree

Assuming nothing goes catastrophically wrong (which might not be a good assumption to make, unfortunately), I should be getting a PhD in about 18 months. I'm about 90% sure that I don't want to stay in academia. What steps can I start taking now to have a smoother career change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2014 - 11 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

What do you (temporarily) do with an MA in History?

I'm currently enrolled in a History Ph.D. program and will be eligible to leave with an MA in a couple of months. I've applied to finish my doctorate elsewhere, but, given some recent developments in my department, have decided that I would really rather leave after my MA regardless of whether I get in elsewhere this cycle. Help me brainstorm options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Need help with a difficult professor

I'm a first-year masters student taking a course that is supposed to be the core curriculum of my discipline. My program is in systems ecology. I find myself increasingly frustrated with this professor and increasingly unable to hide it, and now he wants to "meet with me to talk about student-instructor dynamics". I need some help coming up with some strategies to deal with this professionally. Difficulty level: I'm a new graduate student, and he's the director of my program. The program is brand-new (just started spring semester of last year) and this is one of two core courses, both of which are taught by him. His course is so terrible that I'm considering transferring to another program within the university. Excruciating detail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2013 - 45 answers

We Can Dissertate If We Want To

How do you force yourself to work hard when you just don't care? I'm looking for practical tips/tricks, cognitive/behavioral strategies, and MacGyver-ish life kludges for pervasive procrastination. [more inside]
posted by therumsgone on Aug 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Yet another "Should I stay in grad school?" question...

...but this time there is a newborn baby! This fall I will begin my 5th year in an English PhD program. I have been ambivalent about staying in my program pretty much since the first year, but have always come down on the side of staying in, even though I long ago decided I don't want to even try to become an English professor. Three weeks ago my husband and I had a baby, and that is making me less confident I want to continue. I need some help sorting this out. [more inside]
posted by apricot on Jun 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Do you have advice for an MPP student ISO research position job?

I'm starting graduate school in the fall: yay! I need to learn an entirely new set of norms around interviews, resumes, etc: oh no! I have a meeting set up with the head of a research institute where I'd LOVE to work there while I'm studying. What do I say? What's OK to ask for? [more inside]
posted by blandcamp on May 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Am I doing the wrong thing here?

Science grad school application filter: I have informally (but explicitly) accepted a graduate assistant position (in conservation biology) at my current undergraduate institution. I am now having second thoughts and am wondering what, if anything, I should do about it. Help me, Hive Mind! I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

What do I put on my CV for the person who is writing me a recommendation to grad school?

What goes on an academic CV, especially when one doesn't exactly have a huge academic history to draw from? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 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

I don't even want to know how bad I am.

How do I get over my fear of criticism, especially in an academic setting? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 27, 2012 - 18 answers

"You are going to SCHOOL!" "but what is a school?"

Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 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

Leaving PhD program without burning bridges?

I am currently working on a Ph.D. but may have an opportunity to enter my field early. Is there a way I can drop out without burning bridges? When should I speak with my adviser about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Leaving the Ivory Tower

I'm halfway through a PhD program in the humanities, but I'm almost positive I want to quit academia after I get my degree. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by derrinyet on Feb 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Qualifying exams: I laughed, I cried, I cried, I cried...

Grad school filter: I need a reality check on my qualifying exams. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 - 20 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

What is a good PhD graduation gift for an advisor?

What is an appropriate gift to give one's advisor after filing a PhD dissertation and graduating? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 7, 2011 - 23 answers

I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare?

I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Mar 18, 2011 - 12 answers

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

How do you deal with rampant gossip in an academic context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I support my academic-wannabe boyfriend?

My boyfriend is on the academic job market this year, and (surprise) it's not going too well. How do I support him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2011 - 20 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

iPad apps for academics

What are the best iPad apps for scholars, particularly in the humanities? [more inside]
posted by dizziest on Dec 28, 2010 - 8 answers

What do I need to know about applying to grad school?

Wannabe grad student demonstrates that grad school is probably a bad idea by asking you to hold her hand. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Sep 3, 2010 - 22 answers

Graduate lit pep talk.

Fellow English (and other language) lit graduate students: recommend me what you think is the best online source for getting up to speed on either common terminology or current trends in the discipline. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 - 3 answers

How to get excited about picking a dissertation topic?

Academics: how can I be more excited about selecting a dissertation topic and writing the dissertation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2010 - 33 answers

A Meal Fit For A Thesis Defense

What food should I bring for my thesis defense? [more inside]
posted by cabezadevaca on Jun 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Quit or Fail: How to pick up the pieces after academic and PhD abandonment?

How have you reconciled failure vs. quitting? How have you managed to pick up the pieces of your most passionate undertaking after dropping it? Is the desire to reinvent myself and undertake a new passion/direction just a mechanism to hide the pain of giving up? [more inside]
posted by Gaeacon on Nov 24, 2009 - 7 answers

How to choose a grad school?

How to choose a grad school? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Nov 3, 2009 - 20 answers

Academic careers in the humanities.

Tell me why you decided NOT to pursue a PhD. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Oct 13, 2009 - 67 answers

What are some good interdisciplinary grad programs in the environmental sciences?

I want to develop a strong technical background in environmental issues, but don't want to leave the social sciences - my first passion and the thing in which I know I have actual talent - behind. What are some grad programs that will suit me? [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi on Aug 24, 2009 - 7 answers

How can I get a non-TT research gig?

What can I do to get a researcher position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Foreign language prep.

I'm in a humanities field and I will likely need to learn multiple languages. As a Master's student, I'm scheduled to take around 3-4 courses each semester, with much of my second year devoted to research and writing a master's dissertation. My question concerns foreign language prep....when is the optimal time to do that? Do I travel abroad this summer and shore up on what I know? Or do I take care of the problem during my first few semesters? What are the pros and cons of traveling abroad vis a vis taking care of the problem domestically (e.g., either at my school or some other program in the states, unaffiliated with my school)? [more inside]
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil on Apr 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Developing a Relationship with my Professor

Hey all, I'm an incoming master's student with plans to apply to my institution's PhD program after my master's. As the first person in my family to go to college (let alone graduate school), I am quite green in many respects. What I'm really worried about is the professor(s) I want to work with in the future--how do I go about developing a professional relationship with them? I'm afraid of creating a negative impression about myself if I keep badgering them during office hours and blatantly trying to ingratiate myself with them. Also, any advice you could give me would be really helpful--especially with regards to a master's student in the humanities field. What should be my main focus and what common errors should I avoid?
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil on Mar 28, 2009 - 12 answers

As an academic, how do you read?

If you're a grad student or academic, how do you read new articles and books? Do you take notes/marginalia? Do you read some parts systematically and skim/ignore the rest? Read each piece multiple times? Do you find you learn more from reading than from talking with others or attending presentations? Please indicate what field you're in.
posted by shivohum on Mar 3, 2009 - 22 answers

Where are some places that a social scientist with a PhD can go to work?

Where are some places that a social scientist with a PhD can go to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 - 11 answers

Should I go to grad school next year?

Please help me make the right decision about graduate school. [more inside]
posted by lxs on Apr 11, 2008 - 15 answers

Switching MSW schools a bad idea?

Posting this for my sister. She is in a MSW program at a small private college, and wants to transfer to larger state college. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Nov 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Unofficially auditing university classes?

Is it weird to ask a university professor if you can audit his/her class without officially enrolling in the university as an auditor ... and, as part of the arrangement, asking the professor if you can submit papers and have them graded and evaluated? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Aug 8, 2007 - 43 answers

God save history/God save your mad parade

I am a college sophomore who will be applying to graduate school in history from a somewhat mediocre university, and I need help with a course of action to follow in order to improve my chances of getting accepted. Much [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on Dec 1, 2006 - 20 answers

Academic writer's block.

Academic writer's block: tips, strategies, experiences, psychology for dealing with it? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Sep 27, 2006 - 19 answers

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