Grad Student? Plan?

October 22, 2009

Eszter at Crooked Timber says The path to tenure begins in the first year of graduate school, to inaugurate her new career advice column Ph.Do at Inside Higher Ed.

Some commenters disagreed, in various ways.  Seems to me she’s basically right.  But the need is not so much to devise an elaborate master plan as to be planning all along, a lot of things including your potential fit in the job market.  This can even have a bearing on your choice of topic but probably more so on activities outside your research proper.  One example is establishing qualifications to teach standard undergrad courses within your discipline.

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