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Questions tagged [career-path]

Queries related to progression of academics in various capacities from a student to a professor and the various stages involved in the process.

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Which Mathematics Major Should I Choose? [on hold]

I am going to transfer into a Bachelor of Science/Maths dual degree this year and I am unsure about which mathematics major I want to do. If it helps, I am going to do an Environmental Science major ...
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Is a math degree really useless financially? [on hold]

I graduated in December 2018 with a double degree in math and electrical engineering and have applied to various graduate schools in pure math and electrical engineering and have been offered ...
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Risks in accepting a position if candidate considers themselves unqualified and believes they will fail

Sue was offered a post-doctoral position they did not apply for, by Sam. Sam and Sue know each other because they used to share an office. The topic is quite different from what Sue has known in the ...
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What should the startup package consist of at US (primarily) undergraduate institutions?

What should one list in the startup funds if you are taking up a tenure-track position at a public undergraduate university in the US, mostly focused on teaching? I'm asking specifically for ...
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Competitiveness and Success Caliber in Academia [closed]

Every day, I am figuring out that competitiveness in academia is high. Of course, there are thousands of academics, but only a small number really make an impact with outstanding research. My goal --...
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What career can a master student take?

So I normally see master graduate student apply for a position as a lecturer. Is there any other career that is available for a master (science) student asides from lecturer? Which is for computer ...
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Is it good to take a project even if the topic is not what I'm interested?

One of my university professors offered me a research assistant position which would require me to study for a master degree. I really wanted to take it but there are few problems for me. I don't ...
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Assessing potential future research paths- metrics for funding competitiveness by field?

As a current graduate student looking forwards to a career in academia, I am concerned (as is likely normal) about the potential for future funding in my field/subfield. Doing good science is, of ...
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Are PhDs in Engineering worth it for working in the labour market? [closed]

I am a undergraduate electrical engineering student in Canada. Programming courses aren't offered in our EE degree. So, to overcome this lack, I learned to program in Java, C++ and in Python by my own....
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Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair?

Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair? Are chairs only the correct term when the professorship has been endowed? (I don't think so, because endowed professorships are rare in the UK, but ...
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How do I regain my momentum in research after a long period of slacking off?

I'm two and a half years into my PhD program. Recently, I finally worked up the courage to admit it — I've been slacking off for over a year and it's my fault. Now I'm determined to be productive in ...
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Have there ever been any “Lebron James” of academia?

For those who aren't familiar, Lebron was so talented and sought-after in high school that he was able to skip playing NCAA basketball and went right on to the NBA at the age of 19. Have there ever ...
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Can I reasonably move universities every few years for professional work?

My real love is scientific computing, but I'm generally interested in nearly every academic field — through undergrad I've had research computing positions in social psychology, electrical engineering,...
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Is it possible to gain admission to an engineering master's program without an undergraduate engineering degree? [duplicate]

I tried to search for this and could not find it. This is my first stack exchange post so go easy please. Here is my situation. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from a top tier economics ...
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Difference between Visiting Lecturer and Lecturer?

May you please tell me what is the difference between Visiting Lecturer and Lecturer Can Visiting Lecturer be considered an affiliation or academic staff, for Ph.D holders?
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What's wrong with my e-mail to potential PhD supervisors?

I recently sent some e-mails to potential supervisors asking information for a PhD with them, I obtained no answers. I share my doubts and then copy the standard mail I sent. I sent it to 5 ...
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What is the typical work-life balance and appointment duration for a non-tenure assistant/associate/full research scientist in the U.S.? [closed]

This question is specifically directed towards anyone who is currently employed in academia as a non-tenure assistant/associate/full research scientist, although others are more than welcome to join ...
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To what extent my discriminating PhD supervisor can influence the future of my academic career? [closed]

I'm almost at the end of my Ph.D., writing down the thesis and having the disputation. Well, my Ph.D. took me about 5 years. My main background is Engineering, but I changed my research domain to ...
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Art Major to Physics/Applied Mathematics, Advise? [closed]

Firstly, I'm yet unfamiliar with the query conventions specific to this stack exchange. If I've improperly tagged or placed this question, such that it need be closed or held, I apologize. Continuing,...
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Obtaining abstracts for symposium talks before vs after submitting proposal

As an early-career researcher, I would like to get some organisational experience with chairing symposia, and am considering proposing a symposium for my (sub)field, at a major conference of the (...
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CS Associate's degree in Brazil: go straight to master's or get a bachelor's first?

I am 23 years old and finishing my associate degree (3 years part-time) in Computer Science. I've been thinking about pursuing a career in academia; I've started to do research and got a paper ...
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Dealing with poor management, lack of supervision, and the desire to move into a different field

I am halfway through the 4th year of my PhD and I have grown to find that I dislike the direction of my dissertation and the project that I am working on. My supervisor is extremely absent as he is ...
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Are there good ways to approach a professor for a postdoc? [closed]

How do I approach an unknown professor before a PhD interview? My defense (viva) will be held next March and I will be seeking a postdoctoral fellowship after that. I want to contact a Professor ...
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Life as a financially independent academic

I hope this is not to much rambling, but there is a concrete question in the end. I really like being a mathematician. I like the constant learning, I like working on problems at research-level and I ...
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Professional looking to gain research experience

I'm a public health professional working for a national agency in the UK. I'm really keen to gain some research experience, but despite my organisation encouraging staff to be 'research active' it's ...
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If a student graduates with a Bachelor majoring in IT, is it ok to continue with a Master and a PhD?

I am designing a bachelor's major in IT (Information Technology), and my director asked me to attract students who want to continue their academic track, with a Master and possibly a Doctorate. Can ...
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How should I avoid being in the shadow of my PhD advisor after I have my own faculty position?

I would like to receive some feedback from the community about the following situation. I have a permanent position as associate professor in an institution for some years now (3). This institution ...
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Does it look bad to have a PhD thesis unrelated to the rest of future research?

The short version of my question is: will it be perceived negatively to have a PhD thesis unrelated to the rest of my future research or work? For more context, I currently hold a bachelor's degree ...
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As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program?

As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program? My end goal is to be a professor of one or two languages at an American ...
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BSc and further career in Academia on different subject

Currently pursuing a Bachelor if Finance, but I have a huge interest on Statistics. I was wondering whether BSc in a non technical subject (With technical I mean Statistics, Mathematics, Computer ...
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Not enough recommendation letters

I would like to apply for a postdoc position or an academic position like an assistant professor. Before I had three persons who could write letters of recommendation for me in case I needed to apply ...
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How does doing a PhD with a pre-determined project vs. formulating your own affect your later career?

Between Doing a PhD by joining a predetermined research problem Doing a PhD by formulating one's own research problem is it possible to say that option #1 is a more advantageous choice in terms of ...
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Risking declining a postdoc offer for a potentially better one [closed]

I have an offer of a good postdoc that I have until the end of tomorrow to accept or decline. It's a 2 year post at a decent UK institution, working on interesting applied interdisciplinary work. I ...
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How to reconcile interest in two (somewhat related) disciplines [duplicate]

I have two separate in-depth interests in two academic fields. One of them in pure math (PhD in probability, also interested in complex analysis and differential geometry). The other one is in ...
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How to still get something out of my masters degree - overwhelmed in lab, coursework not helpful

I am halfway through my 2 years masters now. I am doing my masters abroad in Asia and slipped into a bit of an unfortunate situation. I originally studied general science as an undergrad and during ...
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what to do in 2 year gap before CS PhD [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate student in computer science, rising senior. I have had extensive research experiences throughout college at competitive universities and research companies (but no ...
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Why don't I want to learn anything? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student, rising senior. I've been immersed in academia now since freshmen year, and I'd like to pursue a PhD in Computer Science in the future. I'm posting here because I just ...
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Switching fields within biomedical sciences between PhD and postdoc?

I'm almost finished at my PhD, and I am currently looking for postdoc opportunities. My current field is quite a small one (a rare disease), and consequently all the postdoc positions I've found so ...
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Bad advisor + a research area that interesets me or an active advisor + research topic that doesn't interest me?

I'm a beginning Master's student in Mathematics, I'm passionate about Mathematical Analysis and want to have my Master's thesis on some topic in Mathematical Analysis. Problem is, in my Department, ...
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When should I get business cards and how much do they actually matter as a graduate student who has not yet built up their CV?

Context: I am a graduate student within the social sciences, who will be obtaining their Master's degree on their way to Ph.D. (hopefully by the end of this academic year). Though I have not yet ...
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Does a PhD student need to focus more on working in theory, in order to have a real chance of becoming a professor?

I have a friend who's doing a STEM PhD at one of the top programs - think e.g. Harvard / Princeton / MIT - and they are getting ready to drop out after the faculty there have told them that they don't ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing a postdoc in France and UK/USA? [closed]

I am concluding my Ph.D. in the UK, and currently I have two postdoc offers one from the US and one from France. I am not a British/EU citizen and would like to take on an academic path preferably in ...
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Seeking technical degrees in India after post grad in Math [closed]

I am from India and have completed my post grad in mathematical science this year (2018) from Tezpur University, Assam, India. Usually, many math students in India pursue research right after their ...
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Googling my name reveals silly things from when I was younger. I am embarassed. How will this affect me in my future academic career?

I am a masters student at one of the top two universities in the UK and will be applying for PhD positions soon. When I google my (unique) name, the first few results are what you'd expect, my ...
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My supervisor is trying to “steal” my collaborators: what can I do?

I work as a postdoc in Prof. X's research group. I have my own funding and work on my own topics, which are related to X's interests. X is an expert in experimental work and I do simulations, on which ...
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High likelihood I'll be unable to submit my thesis before the deadline… What's my outlook?

Ok, so I'm in a pretty dire situation here. I'm coming towards the end of my PhD contract in France. For a litany of reasons, it hasn't gone too well. I had extreme difficulty getting my experiments ...
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Should I apply for a lecturer position in mathematics or physics if I have a degree in maths and PhD in physics? [closed]

I am finishing my Ph. D. in physics and I have a degree in mathematics. Currently, I am planning to apply for a lecturer position in Australia. Will it be more feasible to apply for a lecturer ...
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What is Wise to Study For a Successful Career Outside of Academia? [closed]

Next year I will be starting an MS program in the Computer Science department (I have come from a grad-prep program). I have "learned" C++, C, Java, assembly, CS math, and OS. When I enter this ...
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What degree is necessary for a career in conservation? [closed]

I'm currently in school studying towards an A.S. in Natural Science. I'd like to have a focus on marine life, which leads me to believe I should get a B.S./B.A. in Marine Biology, however I want to be ...
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When to look for a new PhD position?

TL; DR: Should I re-apply for another PhD program? What could I do instead? Since April, I am a PhD student in mathematics after having finished my master's studies last year. Although I spent most ...