GradHacker to the Rescue!

When I found GradHacker, I was living in Chicago, away from my home campus, frantically preparing for my last comprehensive exam, conducting pre-dissertation research, and only sleeping about four hours a night—or day—or whenever I finally collapsed. The honesty of GradHacker authors was refreshing: other people had faced difficult circumstances too! (And lived to write …

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When All Else Fails

In one of the worst academic job markets in history, many of us have been compelled to rethink our plans for the next year. Instead of starting that shiny new job, we are facing yet another year of being a grad student. If you’re in this position, know that you are not alone. There are …

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Writing Boot Camps

Writing can be such an isolating task, whose very isolation may deter us from starting or progressing toward our goals. The other obstacle we often face is a lack of accountability once we leave the classroom for the desert of dissertation writing. Writing boot camps address both challenges by providing a space and time in …

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10 Steps to Interview with Confidence

Excited, confident, optimistic, stressed out, anxious, terrified… How you feel going into your job interview greatly depends on your preparation. Put yourself in the best position possible with the following tips culled from my experience with both Skype and in-person interviews, as well as advice I gathered during my own preparation. For more on phone/Skype …

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Going Alt-Ac: How to Begin

Maybe you have become disenchanted with academia and/or the academic job search, or you have recently discovered the numerous possibilities outside of the university. Perhaps you have known from the beginning that a different path calls to you, or maybe you’re just curious. Whatever the case may be, read on for tips and suggestions for …

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Keeping up with Trends

In our crazy, everyday graduate student and “real” lives, how does one keep up with broader academic, discipline-specific, and tech trends? Should we even try? Is it worth it? Is it too late/too early to do so? In this post, I offer tips and tools to stay on top of the most important research, academic …

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Preparing for the Job Market Maze

Many of us are preparing to enter the academic job market this fall and are wondering where to start and how to navigate this unfamiliar and intimidating terrain. In a recent professional development talk at Michigan State University, Dr. Sowande’ Mustakeem offered the following suggestions from her own successful experience on the job market: Begin …

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