Why This Website/Blog?

Career help for grad students and other academics

June, 2008

This may be for you if ….

  • you’re beginning to notice that your career path isn’t quite what you expected (and wanted).
  • you’re part way through a grad or professional training program, and you’ve discovered that
  1. only 16 jobs for your degree/field are open in the nation
  2. more than 20 will graduate from your department with your degree
  3. (you’re afraid to look at the national figures of how many departments offer your degree)
  4. you’re wondering what else can you do with this degree.
  • you’re in a postdoc position, and the pay is terrible. You want to change but you don’t know what you can change to. You’ve already invested so much….
  • you finished grad school or professional training (maybe both) — and it’s not working out….
  • you heard the other students commenting about a former student, saying things like, “Obviously, she couldn’t hack it,” or “he must have flunked out.” Ouch!!!
  • you’ve been worn down by the grad school / professional training process and there are so many smarter people there who you think will be able to out-compete you for jobs.
  • you’re feeling guilty even to be thinking about leaving grad school before you finish the degree, or leaving the field now that you have finished….

I’ve been there – and I lived a lot of these thoughts – and now, many years later (See the “About” section), I know what to do. And I can help you…..

Welcome to my website/blog – with tips, stories and practical information – about changing careers or jobs, or just exploring options.

Please do comment, ask questions and let me know of your experiences.

Cheers and all best wishes,