Saturday, May 20, 2017

Is Academia a Good Fit for You?

Daniel McCormack is a postdoctoral fellow in international politics who is leaving academia for the private sector. At Vitae, he identifies aspects of the academic life that academic aspirants may not have thought about. Though he writes from the viewpoint of a Ph.D., his views are worth the consideration of legal educators.

You have to like long-term projects. With few exceptions, the most time an undergraduate has spent on a research or writing project is a few months. In academe, everything is a long-term project.

You also have to be good at managing your time over very long stretches.

You don’t need to feel like you’re succeeding. 

You don’t care where you live. 

You don’t mind moving frequently.

You can read his full discussion here.


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