Starting Over

Starting Over

Where My PhDs At?


On October 12, I gave a presentation to some Vanderbilt history PhDs, covering the steps they’d need to take to find non-academic employment. In it, I emphasized the need to network, both because you were never going to get a job with just a resume, and because eventually, you’d need to find someone who would

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Starting Over

The One Thing PhDs Wish Someone Had Told Them


On October 12, I gave a talk (slides online here, and posted below) to Vanderbilt’s history PhDs, about finding non-academic jobs. Before presenting, I talked to a lot of amazingly helpful PhDs in industry, and I always asked them one question: “What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you, while you were still

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A Day in The Good Life


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“The Good Life” is a popular title for ancient philosophy courses.¬†For the Greeks, a good day involved a combination of doing something useful for your city and having some leisure time to philosophize. And being rich, or course, because otherwise you’d be, you know, working hard to pay the bills. So, for us middle-class moderns,

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Curating People


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“Sounds like you curate people.” This was said in a less-than-admiring tone, by someone interviewing me for a job. The question of networking had come up, and as usual I was struggling not to express how much I despise “fun” events which are really just a way of extending work hours. I’m upfront about stating

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