I am in my 7th year of a science Ph.D. at MIT and I need to graduate. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy in this process, and I definitely have a Ph.D. level of skills and knowledge by now. 7 years is not outside the norm for my department. The problem is that a number of circumstances occurring in a row have lead to a bad/toxic relationship with my advisor and slow performance on my part. [more inside]
I will graduate from college in a week. Two weeks ago, I got an email from an institution that I had done a job interview with saying, "We would like to move forward in the process" and asking to do a background check on me. I filled out the paperwork and faxed it back immediately. They still haven't gotten back to me. (I know my background is clean, as I've passed two other background checks recently.) How good should I feel about my prospects here? Was I wrong in assuming that the background check was a prelude to an employment offer?
What jobs are new college grads qualified for? Snowflakey details. [more inside]
How should I start a "real" job search without being overwhelmed? [more inside]
I'm about to graduate and need some help with the job search. I'm a budding anthropologist and/or a programmer. Two part question below the fold. [more inside]
Are internships really as important to success as my school makes them out to be? [more inside]