Inspired by the red stuff – hic! … #redwine #wine #phd

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This pie chart adapted from the work of Zoe Sadokierski, PhD: 

http://zoesadokierski.blogspot.com/ (I don’t poach pears).

So you want “…a career of the mind…”

A bright motivated undergrad decides to ask her professor for a recommendation to graduate school.

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http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7451115/

PROF: “What field do you intend to specialize in?”

BRILLIANT STUDENT: “All of it… I am going to be a college professor… I am going to write smart things about death in literature…I like Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society…I want a career of the mind…”

PROF:  “Do you know how many admission committees are going to laugh at your application? You can’t specialize in broad themes.”

BRILLIANT STUDENT: “I got an “A” in my Emerson paper. I will write about him in my dissertation… and death.”

BRILLIANT STUDENT: “Money is not important to me.”

PROF: “Oh my God, who let you into this school? I am tempted to throw you out of my office…that I share with four other people.”

 

 

The complexities of the academic career trajectory…

… is it really THAT bad to have a PhD and NOT secure a tenured faculty position? I had to chart the pros and cons…

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