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Last Week on Post Academic (4/11-4/17)

Posted in Housekeeping by Arnold Pan on April 18, 2010
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At the end of one week and the beginning of another, we catch our collective breaths on the blog and gather up links to some of the posts that have either cycled off the home page or might have been lost in the shuffle.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thanks for reading!

* Welcome Dr. E. Clair, our first real-life fully-employed faculty member contributor!  His inaugural post is about the odds younger faculty face in trying to get fellowships and external support and how they and their fresh research are being roadblocked by established scholars.

* We covered the issue of interview protocol this week, outside and inside academia.  Caroline provided some helpful “do’s” that transitioning scholars should think about when they prepare for interviews in the hamster world.  Arnold excavated his personal experiences with academic interviews to offer some “don’t’s” to faculty search committees.

* And we discussed the latest numbers released by the AAUP regarding the lowest pay increase in 50 years.  And here’s more context as to why the reality of the situation is probably even worse than the bad stats already tell us.

* We are always interested in debunking cultural myths about academic personality types and hyping up other unexpected pop culture analogies.  Arnold explains how grad students aren’t hippies and slackers, while Caroline describes what academia and disco share in common.

Transfer Your Skills: What to Wear in the Office World

Posted in Process Stories,Transfer Your Skills by Caroline Roberts on March 20, 2010
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Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox ExtensionTo follow up on what to wear to grad school: Academia seems like a safe haven for those who don’t want to wear suits all day. But, if you leave grad school or the academy, don’t assume that your fashion choices are limited to ties for guys and pantyhose for women. These tips can help you figure out what to wear as you take tentative steps into the hamster world:

Consider the type of job you want. If you are shifting into finance or anything near the law profession, you will probably need to invest in some good suits. But, thanks to the rise of the dot-com world, office wear has become more casual. I’ve seen Hawaiian shirts. I’ve seen dudes wear the same shirt two days in a row (yes, I noticed). I’ve seen Birkenstocks. That said, the West Coast is more formal than the East Coast or the South.

Scope out the job first. Penelope Trunk, a sharp career blogger, once advised that people should stake out where they will interview. You don’t need to make like a private detective, but take a walk past the place. Aim to visit either in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening so you can see people coming and going.
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