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Leaving Academia: A Guide (guest post by Matt Drabek)

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This is a guest post by Matt Drabek, which originally appeared here. Source: Dnalor 01 ( Some of you probably know I have some experience with leaving academia. It’s a gradual process. I started having doubts about an academic career around 2010 or 2011. When I went on the job market in 2011 and 2012, I searched both academic and non-academic jobs. I landed a non-academic job in early 2013. For a few years, I taught-part time as a Visiting Assistant Professor while working a non-academic job. My last paycheck from a university was in January 2016, and my most recent academic publication (which I’ve summarized) was in the summer of 2016. So that’s my basic leaving academia narrative. I’ve also done a couple of interviews. So much for the narrative. Here are some tips/lessons. Tips and Lessons for Leaving Academia Don’t Police Yourself too Closely Nobody falls in love with academia in a day, and nobody falls out of love with academia in a day, either. If you’re thinking about leaving academia, you’ll have a long period of uncertainty. Ride that out a bit. Take some tentative steps to explore non-academic work and see if you like it. Maybe you will, and maybe you won’t. Like I said above, I stayed half-in for awhile. I published a book in 2014 and taught until fall 2015. There’s nothing wrong with sticking around a bit while you explore. Figure Out What You Like and Don’t Like Do you like or dislike the kind of work you do? What kind of work can you see yourself doing? Do you want to live in a particular city or region? Enjoy or hate teaching? How do you feel about research? Job security? Working with college students? What kind of salary do you need to do the things you want to do? I don’t think I’ve ever met an academic who liked everything about the job. I’ve also met a lot of academics who haven’t yet thought deeply enough about the geography and salary. . .

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