Resisting the Dogma of Academic Job Market Advice
Yes, you should understand conventions, but don't always need to follow them.
Before we start today’s post, I just want to remind you of the Live Office Hours session I’m holding via Zoom next week. I’m offering a live office hours session for people to come and chat about job market strategies, tips, and general ways to keep your sanity. Make sure you have a paid subscription by October 3rd to access the link to the meeting.
What: A Q&A about the academic job market
When: Wednesday, October 4th, at 4 p.m. CST.
Where: Via Zoom
How do you access it? All paid members can access the Zoom link below
What if I can’t make the time? We’ll record it so you can access it later.
Special Note: This session will be recorded, and you can choose to have cameras on or off.
The academic job market—ah, a labyrinth of uncertainty and opportunity—is a place where dreams and realities often collide. You have probably been bombarded with advice, some well-intended and some dogmatic, all promising to be the key to success. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the cacophony of conflicting suggestions in a world where there are more candidates than positions.
But let me tell you a little secret—there's no one-size-fits-all formula for success in academia. My dear readers, you already know that I am constantly encouraging folks to question convention and dogmatic advice. I think you should be aware of convention, yes, but I don’t think you should adhere to it at all costs.
Today’s post is here to acknowledge that sometimes breaking the rules or following your gut is exactly what you need to do on the academic job market.