Looking Outside the Academic Box

Yesterday’s Inside Higher Ed had a career advice piece called We Need a Bigger Box.

The ideas are good and are what I am hoping to be able to encourage students in our major, especially graduate students, to do.

Not only do Reed and Formo recommend thinking outside the box, they actually tell you how to start doing that.

I think they nailed one of the problems graduates have:

During grad school, for many reasons, the tenure-track position becomes shorthand for not being a loser, for becoming a “grown-up,” for “not wasting your education,” for following your passion. It’s all or nothing. You either have a tenure-track job and succeed, or you don’t and you flop.

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