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Brand Yourself for Career Stability

Answer the right questions to define your skills and interests.
 
Wouldn't you love to have someone approach you and ask if you would like to work for their company? That can't happen if you are a well-kept secret.In the simplest of terms, a brand is a recognized name. ...




How to Plan Your Workday for Productivity

The demands of the modern workplace often mean blurring the lines between work and personal time. Whether you're an entrepreneur or a corporate professional, you may find yourself answering emails, taking calls and completing projects long after you've left the office for the day. ...




Considering Freelance Work? 5 Tips to Maintain Your Financial Health

Moving from employment to freelancing doesn’t only require a shift in office locations, but a shift in finances. It’s a risky venture, but an increasing number of Americans are taking the plunge, and for many, it’s paying off.
 
If you’re considering a freelance career, taking your financial health into consideration every step of the way can help ensure the decision is worth your while. ...




Why Your Cousin With a Ph.D. Is a Basket Case

Understanding the Byzantine hiring process that drives academics up the wall.
It’s your sister’s wedding, and you and your quiet but nice cousin—he’s doing his Ph.D. in something, maybe history?—are doing your best to get drunk off the watered-down open-bar bourbon. ...




The Academy’s Dirty Secret

An astonishingly small number of elite universities produce an overwhelming number of America’s professors.

The United States prides itself on offering broad access to higher education, and thanks to merit-based admissions, ample financial aid, and emphasis on diverse student bodies, our country can claim some success in realizing this ideal. ...




Six Steps to Landing Your First Teaching Job

The economy is tough, but jobs are out there. Here’s how to find them and make yourself a stand-out candidate.
You’re so close to beginning your teaching career, you can already feel the chalk dust on your fingers. 
On track to graduate? Check. ...




Soft Skills That Absolutely Must be on Your CV When you Work in Education

Thinking about everything that needs to be on your CV, whilst also making sure you don’t overload it with everything you’ve ever done, can be a tricky balance. It’s important to make sure it is written with a role in mind so that you can tailor it to include all the skills and experience relevant to that role and that role only. ...




How I Successfully Transitioned to a New Career

When I decided to change careers more than five years ago, I was plagued with reservations and self-doubts, and even feelings of disloyalty. While I expected this, I didn’t anticipate just how scary this phase of my life would be. I now count that time as valuable experience and rely on it every time I coach alumni through a job or career transition. ...




How I Got My Groove Back After Getting Tenure

Eight years ago, I suffered a long-term bout of post-tenure blues. I was pretty sick of myself as both a researcher and a teacher, and I lacked enthusiasm for any part of my job. I wrote about my melancholy on my now-defunct academic blog, which helped, especially since I received useful suggestions from readers. ...




Do College and University Rankings Inhibit the Drive for Racial Diversity?

A study led by two researchers in the School of Public Affairs & Administration at the University of Kansas finds that college ranking systems can have an impact in inhibiting diversity at the nation’s top colleges and universities.The authors say that the rankings tend to produce conformity, with lower-ranked educational institutions trying to emulate their higher-ranked peers. ...