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episode 17: How to Leave Academia and Find a Good Job


Welcome to The Academic Life. You are smart and capable, but you aren’t an island, and neither are we. So we reached across our mentor network to bring you podcasts on everything from how to finish that project, to how to take care of your beautiful mind. Wish we’d bring in an expert about something? Email us at cgessler@gmail.com or dr.danamalone@gmail.com. Find us on Twitter: The Academic Life @AcademicLifeNBN.

In this episode you’ll hear about: why there aren’t enough jobs in academia for the number of PhDs who want them, what a “tenure-trap” is, why you might be happier in a job outside academia, and discussion of the book Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide.

Our guest is: Dr. Christopher Caterine. He is a communications strategist, writer, and career coach. Since leaving academia, he has helped many graduate students and scholars find satisfying work in new arenas.

Your host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women, gender, and sexuality. She reinterprets the historical narrative in both traditional and creative forms. She supports her work-life balance with long walks and her love of photography, which you can find here.

Listeners to this episode might be interested in:

  • Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide by Christopher Caterine
  • Succeeding Outside the Academy by Kelly Baker
  • So What Are You Going to Do with That? by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius
  • The Graduate School Mess by Lenny Cassuto
  • Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers

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