Her biggest piece of advice? You absolutely must take the lead for yourself.
Three things that surprise Dragos Popa about working for the federal government? The complexity of the work, the pace, and the workload.
“Throughout grad school, I always thought about how I could leverage my research, writing, analytical, and communication skills if an academic job never panned out.”
You do not have to accept the labour conditions that have become the norm in universities, even if you are passionate about research and teaching.
“I’m surprised, in a good way, by the extent to which some of my personal traits, which were not of particular help to me in academia, are very helpful to me at my current job,” says Sarah.
“Fundamentally my overarching objective is to support researchers in driving their research program via securing national, European, or international funding awards and grants,” says Hayley.
Moving from a PhD in religious studies to working at a teaching and learning centre has sparked an interest in communications and marketing for Dr. Muravchick.
“There are no limits to what a PhD can prepare you to do, and what matters most is that you are doing work you find fulfilling and that meets your practical needs, not whether or not your advisers approve or your school sees you as a ‘success.’”
“I knew what the government needed — someone to help them better respond to the public through thoughtful research design.”
“As an anthropologist, I would never have access to the hospital in such ways.”
Hillary Hutchinson earned a MA in social anthropology and a MEd in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s now a career coach specializing in academic writing and the transition out of academia.