What new Ph.D.s need to do to survive, Long said, is to think about…

1. Analogies: how do their skills fit in other parts of the academy?
2. Resilience: preparing for a long haul
3. Entrepreneurship: thinking of jobs that don’t currently exist

- Strategic Job Hunting from Inside Higher Ed

In other words… there doesn’t have to be a job posting for you to get a job, and that job doesn’t absolutely have to be a teaching job to be of the academic nature. DO NOT SETTLE.  Traditional pathways are not the only pathways and most take too much time before promotion and career progression resulting in a miserable 40 hours+ work week.  There are so many wonderful positions that require research, creativity, intuition, knowledge and practice of the scientific method, and BRAINS that volunteering to wear one-track career blinders is borderline insane.

The “anything but tenure track is failure” model is no longer accurate.  So – give it up.  Put it away. Start looking towards what exactly you want to do, based on internal values, goals, and desires unique to you and NOT based on outdated interpretations of stature and success.  Meet with a career counselor, attend edge programs, or email me (ashleyh@uta.edu).  Take, at the least, a minimum amount of time to discover career possibilities.

Separate the expected from the truly valued.