I have to acknowledge that it was been a while since I have written an article for this blog. I am writing today to catch you up on what I’ve been up to and give you some advice about some of your options after you finish your degree.
I have had a number of PhD students who have completed their PhD and have yet to find a job. It happens. This is the advice that I shared with them that I am sharing with you today.
Before you finish your degree or afterwards you should be thinking about who you want to be and what you want to be known for. In other words, what is your brand? How do you want to define yourself. While an academic career is expected you must consider some other alternatives. Your academic field might not have any openings when you graduate. Nonetheless, in some academic disciplines the salary is very low. For example, back in 1997 when I received my PhD and started my job as an assistant professor in Phoenix Arizona, the bus drivers went on strike despite being paid more than an assistant professor at that time. Nonetheless, you might have to find creative ways to supplement your academic salary. If you earned a PhD you are an expert in something. Your dissertation or research establishes you as an expert on that topic.