Cue the Outrage

education, job market, post-academic
In my small corner of the social media universe, a huge storm erupted last week over the University of Illinois, Chicago’s posting of an open position for a Language Program Director. The posting indicated that it was a 67% job, meaning no more than 27 hours of work per week, with a salary of $28,000/year and “prorated benefits,” which most of us took to mean 67% of standard staff benefits at UIC. This first showed up in a friend’s FaceBook feed, garnering lots of angry faces and too many swear words (a lot of them mine) to repeat here. Then Rebecca Schuman sunk her teeth into it (which you can, and should, read here: https://pankisseskafka.com/2017/07/16/rate-my-jil-2018-this-is-what-a-dead-discipline-looks-like/), followed, a day later, by Dean Dad, who presented a slightly more charitable account of…
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BOOK REVIEW: So What Are You Going to Do with That?

coaching, education
Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius published the first edition of So What Are You Going to Do with That? Finding Careers Outside Academia in 2001. I think I bought a copy then; I was in the middle of my dissertation and it seemed like a prudent thing to do. If I read it, I don’t recall that now. (I was also in the middle of having children; if I don’t remember much of 2001-2004, it’s their fault). The third edition, published in 2015, contains updated stories and includes more on the post-academic career trajectories of scientists than the earlier editions of the text did; these add to its already considerable strengths as a guide for people who are thinking of leaving academia and forging a career path for themselves that…
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The Silliness of Early Career Planning

coaching, education
I was invited last week to present on my current job and my career trajectory to my eldest daughter’s 10th-grade Civics and Careers class. Her class is divided into working groups and each of these is required to formally invite someone into the class to present on their career and the path they took to get there. At first I thought my daughter might be cheating a bit by asking her mom to do this, but I was won over when she told me: “But mom, I think your career trajectory is interesting. You used to be a professor and now you’re not; plus you’re a CAREER COACH, what isn’t perfect about that?” Awwww, flattery will get me every time. My daughter told me she thought my story was interesting…
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