I’m a recovering PhD student.
I loved grad school. I liked doing research. I liked attending conferences. I liked teaching (much of the time, anyway). And I liked being around people who were engaged in the world of ideas. Being a professor was my dream job, and had been for a long time.
Trouble was—and is—there just weren’t any jobs for me. (I last applied for a tenure-track job not long before I defended in 2011, and didn’t get it. There wasn’t another one to apply to in Canada until 2014.) I did the adjunct thing for a while, but grew tired of not knowing whether or not I’d have a job six months down the road, not to mention the fact that the pay wasn’t great.
I made the difficult decision to leave. I did a lot of research and did a lot of work, but was able to find a full-time, permanent position in the private sector. Now, I’m on my second “post-ac” job, exercising a different skills set.
I learned a lot along the way, and am still learning a lot. I also realized that there are a lot of people who, like me, pursued the academic career path and, through no fault of their own, are being force to explore other options. So, I created this site to share my experiences and opinions on post-ac life, in the hope that somebody else might find it useful.