Friday, July 14
No, this is not a post about red, orange, yellow, etc, although it seems that would go along very appropriately with the color-scheme on academicsecret.

Instead, this is a post about graduate students going on the job market. Yes, it's that time of year when in at least some disciplines students have to start thinking about preparing their files, putting together their resumes, getting a job talk ready, etc.

As arbitrary as the actual outcomes may be, the system as a whole is pretty predictable. And that is why it is painful to listen to graduate students in their 6th or 7th year of study show no clue about the process. Students should know by that time when applications tend to be due, what is generally required to have at least a slight chance of landing an interview and when all this takes place.

While is it a noble idea that a graduate student has spent every waking hour of those 6-7 years working on publications and the dissertation, realistically speaking said graduate student should also have spent at least a tiny bit of time talking to upper level students and advisors in the program finding out about the specifics of going on the market.

The year of going on the market is simply too late. Students should start reading up on this (the Chronicle of Higher Education would be one place) and talking to people about it years before they plan to look for a job. Otherwise, they risk making a bad impression before they even start.

1 comments:

Turquoise Stuff said...

So let's say a student doesn't seem ready at all. Do you end up discouraging him or her from going on the market and suggesting they wait a year? Or do you just let them put themselves through hell with no chance of a decent outcome?

Alternatively, is there always a chance of a reasonable outcome?

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