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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Is writing IT how-to articles relevant experience for engineering CV?

I am a mechanical engineering PhD student doing computational research. I recently had an assistantship which consisted of helping the university IT office install engineering software on our Linux ...
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(How) Can I switch from field X to field Y after getting my PhD?

I am an early-career academic: I am finishing / finished with grad school, but have not yet found a permanent position. My work so far has been in field X, but I would like to move forward in field Y. ...
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Does the title of a master program make a difference for a later PhD?

I will start my master program soon and can choose between the TU Berlin (Information System Management) and HU Berlin (Computer Science). I want to do a PhD after my master's degree with a ...
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PhD supervision numbers by discipline

My faculty imposes some numerical "recommendations" for promotions. Instead of arguing this sort of recommendation is ridiculous, I think it is wiser to provide some evidence the recommended ...
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Doing a postdoc anywhere except USA even worth it toward becoming a professor?

If your main goal is to become a professor in a fairly ranked university anywhere in the developed world. Will completing a postdoc in any country except the USA (namely: Australia, China, Japan, ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of holding two positions at different institutions?

Multiple affiliations are not uncommon in academia but often the second/nth affiliation is in name only. My question is about double affiliation where a person has active employment in both ...
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Seeking advice regarding masters programs in US

Background I have just completed my second year as an undergraduate in Computer science and Artificial Intelligence from India. I have developed a keen interest in mathematics and particularly ...
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Academic career without travel

I haven't really traveled since the Spring of 2020, and I will unlikely to do so within the next year or longer (not counting local visits within driving distance). These are all due to family and ...
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Can I continue studying in Germany/sweden after a few semesters elsewhere?

I am a second year architecture student at the University of Aleppo. I will start the third year soon. I decided to continue studying abroad, so my question is: can I continue my studies in Germany or ...
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Why there are so few south americans working extensively at NA/EU unis?

May seem obvious, but don't strike me as such. I'm a undergrad physics student at University of Campinas, in Brazil. From what I took out of my professors, I noted that most, if not all, of them did ...
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How can I recover the lost time in my career?

I had clinical depression. Because of that, I lost 5 years of my life. To put things in perspective - I am starting as a Ph.D. student this year, but my undergraduate classmates have already completed ...
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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision? [closed]

Introduction I know there are a lot of questions about quitting a PhD and I'm sorry for bringing this topic up another time but I really need some input and would appreciate every answer! Background I ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Except from the goal of finding some new truths, proving some theorems, or new ideas. What is the career path for someone pursuing a PhD in pure mathematics? Continuing in research and trying to land ...
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Does the short-term nature of post-docs and PhD assistantships create research inefficiencies?

Most of positions in academia, I am referring to PhD and postdocs which make up most of the people working in academia, are short term contracts. Why? Isn't this creating inefficiency? Point of view ...
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I want to keep doing the sort of work I've been doing as a PhD student, rather than becoming a supervisor or bureaucrat. Can I remain a PhD student? [duplicate]

Note: I am aware of this other post that covers why doing many PhDs in different subjects is not a good path. My question is different: can I do multiple PhDs in the same subject, or very similar ...
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What departments in a university could want a volunteer pure math alumni during the summer?

I am looking for academic opportunities in the summer. Tomorrow I am going in person to ask professors in the math department. An engineering PhD candidate told me that there may be other departments ...
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Likeliness of getting University posts outside India when you started doing PhD at 35 in Mathematics

I need to tell you somewhat about myself first so that you people can better understand my situation. I did intermediate in 2005, then I did nothing until 2018 (bipolar disorder), but I recovered and ...
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What is the prestige/status/merit-value of a Graduate degree in Pure Math/Philosophy(of math, or logic) in industry (particularly programming jobs)?

I tried asking this same question here previously but worded it poorly. Please let me know if my muddled style is unclear to anyone alongside myself. What I'm essentially asking is: all else being ...
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It there a non-academic job that reviews conference or journal submissions?

I am a research student at the moment, but it has occurred to me that it could potentially be profitable to be a "pre-reviewer". I will explain what I mean. A pre-reviewer is not an academic ...
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Getting a job in Germany as a fresh university graduate (Bachelor of Arts - Anglistics) [closed]

everyone! My wife and I just recently moved to Germany (November last year) from Serbia and ever since then, we've been on the hunt for new opportunities! My wife pretty easily got through the ...
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Should I leave a second PhD (by prior published work) off my CV?

Short version: Will putting a second PhD (by prior published work) on my CV cause more confusion than it is worth? For the past decade I have built a strong academic career in a discipline that, ...
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Staying longer as a postdoc vs doing another postdoc elsewhere

I am currently on the third year of a postdoctoral fellowship that is due to finish in ~10 months. I'm looking into faculty positions, but I take into account that I might not succeed in getting one ...
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How do I learn the "hidden curriculum" for academic career success? [closed]

I have the impression that there are a lot of hidden secrets, unstated norms and rules that make or break potential researchers in academia. How do I acquire this secret knowledge? Additional context: ...
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How does teaching experience help field experts to become more succesful?

I noticed that so many field experts in different disciplines (politicians, lawyers) become part-time teachers (next to their full-time job). I'm just wondering, how does (building up) teaching ...
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Why does someone work in a non-STEM field after completing a PhD in STEM? [closed]

Several years ago, when I was taking an English language course, one of my teachers said that one of her acquaintances did a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and became a Headmaster in a Bilingual ...
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Pursuing a PhD on major of mathematical biology with an irrelevant bachelors degree

I am 29 years old and have majored in political science and obtained a B.A. degree with it. I'm asking this question since I want to ask for some advice about in what case would there be any ...
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Left academia for a job with a publishing company. Is it normal to feel guilty or "settled" about a decision? How to overcome the feeling?

After PhD and a year of postdoc in mechanical engineering, I accepted a position of a scientific editor with a publishing company. The pay is decent but not great. I have been working in the new role ...
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If someone doesn't get into a graduate program/postdoc, or a grant, etc, how are they supposed to know why?

So that they can do better next time. There's usually no transparency or explanation of why they were rejected.
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Applying for FAANG after completion of MBBS? [closed]

I have recently applied for undergraduate programs at many universities and after all, I've got into a medical school for the 4 years MBBS program (MBBS stands for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of ...
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What to do about this incident as a PhD student? [closed]

I am from a marginalized community in my country whose religion X is persecuted in my home country (which is in Asia). Now, I am in my first year of PhD study in math in a top university in Germany ...
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Can I apply to another position while only spending three months in my current position?

I got a UKRI postdoc position for two years and I currently worked only for 3 months, I want to leave this job because of the toxic lab. I found another position and I want to apply for it. Will it ...
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Physics Ph.D. Prospect [closed]

I am a physics undergraduate student in Asia. In the past, I planned to apply for graduate school once I finished my undergraduate. However, nowadays, I'm starting to have doubts about that plan. One ...
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Could taking a post-doctoral position actually hurt my future career?

I would like to briefly explain my situation: I am currently a doctoral student at a German university of applied sciences in a small but growing institute (with a relatively good working climate). I ...
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How should I answer questions about what I'm "expecting from my PhD" and "what I'll do after my PhD"? [closed]

I am in the fourth semester of my master's in a poor Asian country and want to do a PhD in pure mathematics in France or Germany. I am asking how should I answer these two probable questions in my PhD ...
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Teaching high school students as a career development

Some universities offer courses for high-performing high school students. These include advanced placement classes, but sometimes they are not integrated to any existing curriculum or standards. I am ...
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How to make the best out of my Applied Math degree?

I'm currently a second-year student taking a Math Degree. The reason I say Applied Math in the title is because I've started to see that, while I like studying Pure Math (I'm enjoying my proof based ...
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How do professors advance from 2nd to 1st class in France?

There are three classes of professors in French universities: second, first, and exceptional. I understand that within each class there are several ranks which seem to be based mostly on time since ...
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Is intentionally delaying graduation questionable?

I'm in a 3 year pure math BSc in Europe, currently on my 5th semester, definitely can graduate by the end of the spring semester of 2022. I have heard in this SE that graduating earlier than planned (...
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Phd in Computer Science Enrollment after M.tech in Electronics and Communications

I'm looking for some experience who completed or pursuing PhD Computer Science Enrollment and experience after M.tech in Electronics and Communications. Myself: I completed M.Tech in ECE (digital ...
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I would like to leave my math masters program for a PhD program. Will this reflect poorly on my PhD applications and if so how can this be mitigated?

I graduated with a bachelors gpa of 3.8+ and unfortunately got rejected from all PhD programs last cycle. I completed my entire undergraduate education in two year because some personal circumstances ...
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Applied mathematics or Computer science PhD? [closed]

I am very interested in artificial intelligence and its relation with pure mathematics topics such as differential geometry, topology, algebraic topology, analysis, probability, etc. I am finishing my ...
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Is it practically possible to rise to the highest ranks of academia in STEM in the US system after finishing a PhD at 34? [closed]

I am about to finish my Ph.D. at the ripe old age of 34. I plan to stay on and try to become a part of the faculty at a university. Considering the time it takes, not to mention the competition ...
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Canadian Med School Professor looking to work in USA [closed]

Background info I’m a medical school professor at a Canadian medical school and was interested in potentially seeking a job in the US. Currently I make around $160k CAD pre tax ($124k USD) although ...
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Postdoc with only 5 publications 3 years after graduation [closed]

I am a polymer chemist doing a postdoc. I would like to pursue my career as a researcher. However, I have only 5 publications (all first author) 3.5 years after my PhD graduation. 2 more should be ...
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Difference between mathematical physicist/Theoretical Physicist

What's the actual difference between what a Mathematical Physicist and a Theoretical Physicist do? When I look at the curriculum from some Applied Mathematicians from the maths department at my ...
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Is there a point in pursuing a PhD outside of top universities?

I graduated with engineering and physics degrees last year, and started a PhD program in theoretical physics. While the program is a good one, it is not top-15 in the US or top-50 in the world. This ...
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Internship during PhD

I am currently pursuing my PhD in Mechanical Engineering (dynamics & controls) and like my research a lot, even so much that I would like to continue with the academic route and aim to become a ...
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PhD student who wants to stay for a tenure position [closed]

I am finishing my masters, and my advisor wants me to stay to do my PhD. My advisor is also the department head. We have a very good relationship, he’s invited me over to his house for dinner and even ...
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Should I take advice from an AI CV checker when preparing a postdoc application? [closed]

I am near the end of my PhD and intending to apply for academic jobs, especially post-doc research positions. One of the services offered by our university to its postgraduate researchers (PhD ...
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How to ask for a recommendation letter from your current professor without ruining your chances to extend your contract?

I am currently a postdoc in a research group and I would like to move to another group and leave the current one. I would like to ask my current PI for a recommendation letter since another PI is ...
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