Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Should You Quit Your Academic Job?

The Chronicle of Higher Education - Vitae
September 30th, 2014




We’re a few weeks into the new semester. Plenty of time to get settled into a routine and shake off the preliminary excitement of a new school year.
For many Vitae readers, the job search season is already in full swing. A quick glance at the academic jobs wiki will confirm that. The competition for those coveted positions is strong and many qualified and intelligent people will come up empty-handed.
Those who fall short may consider other options, or may even decide to leave academia entirely. We’ve all read the #quitlit of the post-academics who have chosen to leave. Maybe you have considered joining their ranks. Maybe you’ve decided to make this job search season your last. Or maybe you’ve been working in academia for a while now and you fantasize about the day you walk away and try something new.
Quitting is certainly not always a good idea, but for some, it’s the best option. Whether you are an adjunct or a provost, it never hurts to occasionally re-evaluate your mindset with regard to your work. Of course, anyone considering such a big move should carefully weigh the pros and cons.

We’re a few weeks into the new semester. Plenty of time to get settled into a routine and shake off the preliminary excitement of a new school year.
For many Vitae readers, the job search season is already in full swing. A quick glance at the academic jobs wiki will confirm that. The competition for those coveted positions is strong and many qualified and intelligent people will come up empty-handed.
Those who fall short may consider other options, or may even decide to leave academia entirely. We’ve all read the #quitlit of the post-academics who have chosen to leave. Maybe you have considered joining their ranks. Maybe you’ve decided to make this job search season your last. Or maybe you’ve been working in academia for a while now and you fantasize about the day you walk away and try something new.
Quitting is certainly not always a good idea, but for some, it’s the best option. Whether you are an adjunct or a provost, it never hurts to occasionally re-evaluate your mindset with regard to your work. Of course, anyone considering such a big move should carefully weigh the pros and cons.
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We’re a few weeks into the new semester. Plenty of time to get settled into a routine and shake off the preliminary excitement of a new school year.
For many Vitae readers, the job search season is already in full swing. A quick glance at the academic jobs wiki will confirm that. The competition for those coveted positions is strong and many qualified and intelligent people will come up empty-handed.
Those who fall short may consider other options, or may even decide to leave academia entirely. We’ve all read the #quitlit of the post-academics who have chosen to leave. Maybe you have considered joining their ranks. Maybe you’ve decided to make this job search season your last. Or maybe you’ve been working in academia for a while now and you fantasize about the day you walk away and try something new.
Quitting is certainly not always a good idea, but for some, it’s the best option. Whether you are an adjunct or a provost, it never hurts to occasionally re-evaluate your mindset with regard to your work. Of course, anyone considering such a big move should carefully weigh the pros and cons.

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