(Closed) Need teaching career/ college professor advice

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 31
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Helper bee
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I’m also currently working on a PhD in the hard sciences (Neuroscience) and I will just second everyething Sequoia1231  said.  In hard sciences we’re fully funded, and it’s still Not. Worth. It.  

It is the only way that you can really become a tenured professor, but the chances of that even with TONS of hard work are so so slim, it’s not even funny.  I really wouldn’t waste your time on it.  

Post # 33
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damarajade:  Yes!!! I *just* read that this morning!  😛

Fortunately I am *DONE* with academia as soon as I graduate so I don’t care.  But it’s depressing either way, to be trained for years to do something you want to do where there are no jobs, or to be trained for years to do something you don’t want to do, and no one tells you about any other options! 

Post # 34
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damarajade:  Just read that article today and died a little on the inside.

Post # 35
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FutureDrAtkins:  See I thought it didn’t affect me as much because to me it’s OLD NEWS.  I feel like I was reading an article on why global warming is bad…like it was news.  I’m like “yeah, what have you been living under a rock?  We’ve known this for YEARS!”  

But maybe it’s just me– maybe I was non-plused just because I’m so over it. 😛

Post # 36
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FutureDrAtkins:  When I started my Ph.D., academia was my goal.  Luckily, I met a man and his little boy who pulled me away from that lifestyle.  But now my interests have to broaden to make myself more marketable in the region.  I should be able to get into government or consulting with my skills… and my advisor is open to me taking on side projects to help with this.

Now every time I read something like this, or my advisor gets turned down for more funding, I give a sigh of relief that I’m changing my career goals.

Post # 37
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Eradicatereality:  
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damarajade:  I know first hand how tough it is. My advisor just got denied tenure with a perfect application. It came down to politics :/ He’s still trying to get me to go into academia, but I want something with more job security… and where I won’t have to be a slave to grants. 

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