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Academics Anonymous: Hi, My Name is ____ and I'm an Academic

Academics Anonymous: Hi, My Name is ____ and I'm an Academic

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the toxic by-product of academia, which is to say, the elitist mindset that justifies poor behavior. In many ways, I think a helpful lens to discuss this is that of Alcoholics Anonymous. So with that, here is a fun little diddy I’ve worked up for this week’s post. Of course, recovering from academia is not the same process of recovering from addiction, but it is a useful framework to discuss the sticky and less-discussed problems inherent to both leaving academia and academia itself.  

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Not "either/or" but "and & and": On Being a Scholar and a Business Consultant

In this week's post, Jillian and I's interview turns to talk about applying for jobs post-academia, the struggles of being a PhD in the business space, as well as the invaluable insights a mind trained by a PhD rigor offers. 
I love this post because Jillian makes no apologies for her desire to make a comfortable living (and, gasp, even a 401k!) despite her hatred of capitalism. Yeah, they're conflicting objectives, but life itself cannot be reduced to simplistic binaries of either/or.  Similarly, the life Jillian has constructed for herself appears to be an "and, and" situation, where she pursues social issues that matter to her-- such as her forthcoming book about adjuncting and her social engagement class that she teaches, alongside a burgeoning career as a consultant in market research. 

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When PhDs tackle the Business World: Why Alt-Acs are the Ultimate Asset in the Workforce.

When PhDs tackle the Business World: Why Alt-Acs are the Ultimate Asset in the Workforce.

I’ve agonized over what to write in this post. Truth be told, I’ve been overwhelmed by the many spinning plates I’ve eagerly taken on in the past few months. And then, after my 5th or 6th in-person or email conversation with fellow alt-acs about the process of professionalizing ourselves, converting not just our CV into a resumé but also translating our hard-earned academic language skills into business language skills. It’s like the work of translation, you can’t just look up the word in the dictionary and call it translation. You have to immerse yourself.

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