Does mentioning non-academic pre-PhD work on one’s website help or hurt one on the academic job market?
I’m a graduate student in political science approaching the end of my PhD and preparing to go on the job market next year.
When I began my PhD program I created a website, and in the personal section I briefly describe my pre-PhD work, which includes working for some well-known political figures in well-known organizations. At that time, I felt like my prior work was a big part of my identity and therefore included it in my bio.
I know this may be minor point, and the quality of my academic publications and dissertation is much more important than a paragraph of my website bio, but I’m asking because this could make a marginal difference when I apply for jobs.
For example (not real): Before starting graduate school, I worked for Bill Clinton as international policy advisor from 2006 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011, I worked in the office of President Barack Obama as multilateral affairs advisor.