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lies my profs told me
Career

7 Lies My University Told Me

In my undergrad, I read a book called Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen. The basic premise of the book was that American history is full of lies that we tell ourselves that create false ideas about history and serve nationalism more than

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why I left academia
Leaving Academia

Why I Left Academia, and What Happened Next

I have a couple of master’s degrees and a PhD. I spent a long time in academia with the expectation that I was going to be a tenure track professor. That was my vision. Today, I want to talk about why I left academia. And

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succeed after grad school
Leaving Academia

To Succeed After Grad School, Understand This

Why does it seem like, for some people, graduate school can kill your career? I’ve met so many people who have spent a ridiculously long amount of time in school. I spent 15 years. And somebody asked me yesterday, what do you see the most?

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postdoc
Leaving Academia

Fitting a Postdoc into a Non-Academic Path

As you come to the end of your PhD, if there’s no tenure-track job in sight, there is another P word that starts to get thrown around: postdoc. A postdoc for many academics is the unquestioned next step. The springboard to an academic career (we’re

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Jennifer Polk
Leaving Academia

From PhD to Life – Interview with Jennifer Polk, PhD

This post may contain links to affiliate products, which–if you choose to purchase–pay us a commission at no extra cost to you. This helps to support our work. We only promote products we’ve used and love. You can read my story about leaving academia in

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