On Leaving: Alt-Ac

It Gets Better: Ph.D. to Freelance Writer

It Gets Better: Ph.D. to Freelance Writer

Since leaving academia, I have been: only part-time employed as a tour guide, a receptionist, unemployed, an editor, and lately I’ve been learning the ropes of business writing, web copy, and content writing. In the effort to help my fellow alt-acs who are thinking about editing and writing for their next career, here is how I stumbled into it.

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Alt-Ac Realness: On Leaving

Alt-Ac Realness: On Leaving

People keep asking what has happened to me since I posted my story. I am always unsure how to answer that question; the writer side of me says that I can’t respond yet because it’s too soon. There is no neat and tidy resolution to my story yet, which is frustrating in both a narrative and personal sense.

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Thoughts on What the F to do with a Ph.D. beyond Academia

Thoughts on What the F to do with a Ph.D. beyond Academia

Since I made the decision to leave academia, like any good researcher, I have obsessively looked into what my options are, what I can do about with a Ph.D., or more generally, what I could do for a living that I would get some satisfaction and a decent paycheck from. Here are some interesting jobs that I've come across in my search and networking adventures.

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On Leaving the Academic Pyramid Scheme

On Leaving the Academic Pyramid Scheme

If you are reading this post, chances are, you are a graduate student, or recent graduate. You have probably been surfing the web, as I did, obsessively with search words like “post-ac” and “alt-ac” and reading your fill of the ills of higher education.

It’s a difficult decision to leave, even if it might not have been a decision at all, but rather a necessity. It’s scary to leave something around which you have based your entire sense of self and identity for so long.

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