(Closed) Career Advice

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: Which would you choose
    Visiting Assistant Professorship : (32 votes)
    60 %
    Prep School position : (21 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I’d go for the prep school until you can find something long-term at the university level.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @mrsSonthebeach:  I don’t know if this helps, but I always go where is more money for me and my family, so I would go with # 2.  GL on whatever you decide and I hope it works out for you and your family 🙂

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think it boils down to whether research is something you want to do. I made a similar decision when I left academics for industry (ie decided that not teaching was ok with me, the opposite of what this decision is forcing you to do). I bet if you take the private school job, getting back into research will be very, very difficult. If you are ok with the possibility of cutting that out of your career, i’d go for the stable private school job. If not, i’d take the other university position as a way of “staying in the game”.

     

    Also, that’s way less than I though those positions paid :-/. Profs are not paid enough!!!

    ETA just saw you said you were in the humanities. I’m in hard science (genetic/molecular bio) so the dynamics might be different. But, there is a lot of prejudice against people who leave academics and try to go back in my field. Something to weigh, for sure!

     

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Personally, in this unstable job market, im inclinded to tell you to go with long term stability.

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    As a fellow PhD, I think you should do #1 assuming you want to stay in academia. At least in my field, once you’ve left university-level academia, it’s almost impossible to get back in. If your ultimate goal were to teach high school, I’d say absolutely #2. Is it possible that at job #1, they could hire you as an associate professor after a few years?

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Which is the one you verbally accepted?  Can you negotiate for $50k & find out the specific tuition benefit?

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Personally, having worked in both fields, I’d go the private school and see if you could pick up some more adjunct hours at a local community college. 

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @mrsSonthebeach:  OH! I thought you meant 5 hours from like your parents or in-laws….you mean you’d have to commute 5 hours/day?! Can you guys move?

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @mrsSonthebeach:  Congrats on the higher offer :-). It’s such a rough ride out there in academics right now. My PhD classmates are all in their 5,6,7th years of postdocs waiting for positions. So disheartening.

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