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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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Preparing for CFA while pursuing an undergrad degree, a good idea? [on hold]

I want to pursue a career in finance.I am from India. I got 80.5% in my CBSE class 12th(Commerce with Math). I am thinking of doing my undergrad[B.Com(H)] through Delhi University correspondence/...
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How to enter graduate school in a social science discipline from a computer science background?

I am a senior computer science major at a state school in the US. I have done internships at "Big 4" companies in my field as well as CS research with NSF grants. I am interested in getting a Master'...
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Phase out postdoc position

I am a postdoc in cell biology and I'm considering to change my career path after having spent the last 1.5 years in a lab that has completely destroyed my passion for the academic life. Background: ...
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How badly will bad grades impact future college and career life?

So, I'm currently an upcoming sophomore in undergrad and my grades during freshman year weren't the best. I got a F during my second semester which gave me an overall freshman GPA of 2.9 I'm not too ...
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Which Universities Produce The Most Engineering Professors [closed]

As the title suggests, I was wondering where do most engineering professors get their Ph.D. from in the US.
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Is professorship (assistant/associate and full) a title or a position?

Unless I am mistaken, somehow, if you have defended a PhD then you have a Doctorate degree, which means you are a "Doctor". That remains to be the case, even if you leave academia and go work in ...
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Switching field after a PhD in math

I am about to finish a PhD in mathematics with a thesis in an area in between differential geometry and PDE. I still have more than half a year, but I want to start thinking about my future. In the ...
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What does formal training in a field mean?

I was curious what people mean when they say you need formal training in a field?
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Bad data - how to move on successfully

I work in an interdisciplinary field. My input is not generated by myself, but by talented people that I trust and that trust me to analyse their data and generate fascinating insights. But here I am,...
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Chances of landing a post doc (Banach Space Theory) and tenure track position? [closed]

Currently I am a 2nd year PhD student in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. My research interest lies in functional analysis, particularly Banach Space Theory. I would like to know what are ...
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Future career path and possible transfer in undergrad years [closed]

I have been stressing about this for a while now and really would like some advice on how to proceed. I am currently a Freshman (soon to be sophomore) at West Virginia University. I am currently a 4.0 ...
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Is it okay to work in a very old research area (in TCS)?

I am a Ph.D. student works in theoretical computer science, I work on the area which is related to rings and my work is to design algorithms for problems related to rings. I did my bachelor in ...
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Condensed-matter theory with career prospect in the industry

Reason for the post: I'm trying to better understand the jobs in the industry so that I can tailor my graduate studies to more closely represent the kinds of jobs I will be doing in the industry. Thus,...
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Percentage of tenure track positions promoted to full professors [duplicate]

I wonder if there are statistics on the overall percentage of people promoted from tenure track positions (assistant professor) to full professor in fields like mathematics and science (first-rate ...
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How far ahead should you search for a faculty job?

Suppose you want to obtain a faculty job at a particular time. When should you start searching for job ads? When are they advertised? Answers describing different customs in different countries and ...
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Is it better to have a strong thesis, or to follow personal interests during PhD?

I'm a second year US PhD student in applied math. For the last year I've been working on one project with my advisor and another one of her students. We have also started a collaboration with a ...
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Not sure if a postdoc is for me. Terrible at quantitative methods [closed]

I am a finishing PhD student in the field of cognitive neuroscience. During my PhD program I was underperforming than anyone else in my department (in my belief at least). Although I liked research, ...
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Is it possible to get a researcher position in a prestigious institute with a degree from a not very well-ranked university? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the 2nd year of my Ph.D. and I'm really interested in my future career options. I'm attending a double-degree study programme in two European universities, none of them being among ...
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What should I do if I hate engineering, but my parents want me to become an engineer? [closed]

I really love physics, and I told my parents about my interest. They want me to become an engineer, but I hate engineering (too practical, too far from physics), and I don't enjoy fixing things. What ...
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How to prepare academically-minded students and postdocs for the eventuality of not finding secure academic employment?

Graduate students and postdocs are predominantly trained to be -- and driven by the prospect of becoming -- full-time academics. For a majority of them, there comes a point of reckoning when they ...
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Future prospects at the moment seem bleak after PhD. What steps can I take now to make best use of the next 1 year?

Suppose, I want to add machine learning proficiency to my current skillsets. What should my strategy be like? I already have done two machine learning courses on Coursera, but without doing actual ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a prospective PhD advisor whether working for them would be good for my career?

Summary Between my Ph.D. offers, I narrowed down my choices to two. Right now, my decision is mostly dependent on a few factors I didn't discuss with either advisor. I want to ask about these issues ...
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General Advice on choosing Mathematics as career path [duplicate]

My Background : I am Bachelors of Arts graduate, 27, I work as a Clerk currently. I have interest in Mathematics so I started studying it. I have studied "How to Prove It ". After getting basics I ...
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Accepting a scholarship for masters just to get the money and fund a future masters

I have been offered a scholarship for a masters in theoretical physics at my home university, the scholarship covers the fees along with a decent stipend but I would rather pursue a masters in maths ...
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Are the number of citations and number of published articles the most important criteria for a tenure promotion?

Recently I had a conversation with a very well known scientist in my working field about the most important indicators to get a tenured academic position. This person is 80 years old and has been a ...
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Australia: Research and Abysmal Grades

I recently completed a 3 year bachelor degree in Computer Science at an Australian university. I graduated with a GPA which is roughly the equivalent of a “C” in the US. I only blame the grades on my ...
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Should one stick to their expertise/experience area post PhD?

I am currently writing my Mechanical engineering PhD thesis. My research was based on modeling a 3D printing process. The work was interesting but I feel that there's not much rigoresness in the ...
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Asking for advice: Leaving Academia after finishing Physics PhD - Hoping to start a career in Data Science right after

I will finish my PhD in Applied Physics (simulations of quantum transport and light scattering in nanowires) in around 6-8 months and I have already made the decision of leaving Academia as soon as I ...
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How do I gain back my faith in my PhD degree?

I am 3 years into a PhD program at a top North American university in STEM. My daily routine includes working on my research and preparing for courses I am assisting. In general, I would say that ...
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How to choose between industry and academia after mediocre past work in both?

I feel like I am at dead end of my career, need some guidance to restart it. Here is my status: Masters in Physics (2009) Industry position (2009-2013) In the industry position, I learnt machine ...
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How feasible would it be to transition from a Master in Finance to a phd in Pure Maths?

I know this sounds weird. I'm getting a Master in Business (MSc, not MBA) with emphasis in Finance (in my country you can't officially get a master in finance, logistics or marketing, they are all ...
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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Germany?

I heard that German national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them as the head ...
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Should I quit Master's after 2 months into the program? Please help! [closed]

I completed my Bachelor's in Electrical engineering last year in a foreign country. I already had a job pending in that country when I finished but due to visa concerns, I would only be able to start ...
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Why are some PhD holders unable to become professors?

Why do some people get STEM PhDs, want a professorship, and end up not getting it? Is it only about opportunity and competition, or are there PhD candidates that are just not qualified to be ...
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Is there an IRB/ethics career path?

Suppose I was back at the beginning of my undergraduate career, and I decided that while I was willing to do human-subjects research, my real career goal was to sit on an IRB and guide lost souls who ...
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Fields of computer science with good academic outlook [closed]

I gather that the academic job market is very tough for theoretical computer science PhDs with a low chance of obtaining a professorship. Some things I have read with regards to this: https://www....
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How to gain some research experience after leaving college? [duplicate]

I had graduated from a non-research college with a Bachelor's degree in engineering a year ago. My only 'research' experience is through my project in the final year. I want to do research but I am ...
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What methods to estimate the current number of logicians in the world? [closed]

How many active researchers today have specialised in logic? What methods could be used to estimate this number? I would more precisely define this population as all mathematicians, philosophers, ...
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Failed my professor months ago, not sure what to do now

About 8 months ago I was about to graduate university and was trying to figure out what to do with myself then. A professor asked me if I wanted to do my masters with him and I said yes almost ...
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Is it worth going to college when you have no real passion for the subject you will study?

I'm in my last year of high school and about to move on to the next stage, undergraduate programs. The problem is that I don't care about any of my subjects enough to continue them at a higher level. ...
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getting a job with a PhD in (pure) mathematics

Probably this concern has been addressed several times here but I will give a try to get other people's perspective from my situation. I am feeling sort of hopeless these times. I am in my last year ...
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What are my prospects to get a Postdoc position with just 1 publication from PhD? [closed]

I am a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I have already completed my 5 years, am writing my thesis and will be submitting my thesis in 4 months. I have published 1 paper till now. That was 2 years ago. ...
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What is a 3 Year (Indian) Engg. Diploma equivalent to UK education standards(HNC, HND or other)?

Can anybody assist me in knowing what is a 3 year engg. diploma is equivalent according to UK education system or ECTS? or Is it equivalent to HND or HNC?
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PhD in Statistics working in Physics

I will be applying to PhD statistics programs this upcoming fall and really enjoy statistics. But, I also love physics (started as a physics major) and am wondering if there is opportunity post-PhD to ...
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Failing PhD, how to go forward? [closed]

I have read many PhDs have a feeling of failure during their studies. At the moment I am seeking a reflection, from someone who is/has been a PhD and maybe a similar situation. I found myself in a ...
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Changing fields between PhD and postdoc

My background is in Applied Sciences (Bachelor and Masters) and I did my PhD in Human Factors. I'm currently doing my postdoc in Human Factors (Social Sciences) but I discovered that I don't enjoy it ...
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Negotiating 1-year delay to my Assistant Professor Offer

Recently I was offered an assistant professor position at a major R1 university. My problem is that I need to stay one more year in my home country due to Fulbright 2-year home residency requirement. ...
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Finishing incomplete degree after a decade to switch to industry

I'm considering the possibility of completing a degree from which I dropped out almost a decade ago. In part because I feel I should, in part because I think it could be useful for switching to ...
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Applying for another job within same department?

I've been a postdoc for just under a year in a nice lab, and I have no problems with my boss or colleagues. However, another position has just come up in the same department, which fits way better ...
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PhD in autonomous underwater robots [closed]

I have finally found my true calling. I want to work on autonomous underwater vehicles trying to solve different problems from research to oil and gas industry. The problem is that I am having ...