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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I wasted the 6 years of my life and I don't know what should I do and how will I survive?

I struggled with low self confidence throughout my bachelors, masters and PhD in chemical engineering. After spending 2 years in Masters and 6 years in getting a PhD degree, I am lost at what I can do ...
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What career option is the most viable if one has very wide research interests?

I'm in mathematics, and have recently gotten an opportunity to do applied/industrial research for a strong research institute in my country. As of now I have two MSc degrees in math and engineering ...
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What should I do to make the most of a stopgap postdoc position offered by my PhD supervisor?

I am a PhD in computational materials science, and I have been offered a stop gap postdoc position (at the moment for 6 months) by my PhD supervisor which I will be starting a month after my defense. ...
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Asking letter of reccomendation to a Professor I've had this semester

I want to be admitted to a European program that would mean so much to my future carreer. Particularly important documents to be sent with the application are reccomendation letters from professors. I ...
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Are there any examples of people who successfully did a startup AND worked in academia? Or is it better to just choose one?

I'm a newly minted PhD researcher from Sweden who just finished my defense this summer (after a really stressfull and draining final year). Ever since then I have been thinking about my future in ...
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How to successfully train myself in multiple “meta” areas of my discipline?

I am at the beginning of my academic career (first "professor at uni" job after PhD). My official obligations are pretty standard: teach, do research, and faculty-related admin stuff. Now, I have my ...
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Best way to position yourself to contribute greatly to a very new field? [closed]

I'm in my undergrad and am interested in brain-computer interfacing, but the field is still very new and undetermined. My hope is to be at the forefront of the field of BCI and be in a position ...
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Switching between postdoc fellowships

I am non-EU citizen working as postdoc at a university in Denmark. Not so long ago I won two postdoc fellowships, of which I accepted one, and that's where I am currently getting my salary from. I can ...
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Can I transition into quantum machine learning with a CS (rather than physics) background?

I'm currently pursuing an undergrad in Computer Science and Engineering from an Indian university. I really like machine learning, but of late, I've been doing some digging and I think I really like ...
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Will the research activity during my Master's program seriously impact my PhD or career path?

I've posted a few questions here seeking advice on my life as a first-semester graduate student. I have a question that is somewhat related to those, and also related to this question (What happens if ...
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Applied Math or Computer Science for graduate school [closed]

I am a 4th-year student about to finish my math and computer science programs (double major). I have taken both pure math courses and computer science courses and I find myself more interested in math....
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Possibilities of Going to Industry and back to Academia in a Different Field [closed]

I am a postdoc doing Particle Physics in a university in a small town in US midwest , and I am thinking of moving from academia to industry. But I have been facing a dilemma because I think I like ...
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Tenure and tenure denial rates by universities

Is there a way or website to find the tenure and tenure denial rates by universities and departments? I heard from some faculty that the tenure rate at X university is Y%, so I wonder if there is a ...
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The choice between changing advisor or just ignoring her and do the PhD research alone?

I'am 2nd year PhD student and I'm in the phase of problem definition and exploration for my research. Other than research, I also do both RA (working on paper review, grants, etc) and TA jobs as well. ...
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What could be a next thing after my theoretical physics career has not worked out? [closed]

Perhaps this question is about leaving the academia, but hopefully it's still in the right place. Given that many people have been there before, I'll spare you most of the personal details. Late in my ...
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MS in Mathematics, having trouble finding work outside teaching algebra

10 years ago, I got an undergraduate degree in IT/CompSci from a good school. I spent most of my hours playing video games or drinking beer, and learned only enough to get a barely passing GPA. I ...
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Am I too old to do an MS in Finance?

I want to do a Masters in Finance. I am from India. I am 30 years old. I have seen that most people in masters programs in finance are less than 25 year old. I also don't have much in terms of ...
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(Re-)entering UK academic system after a long time abroad

This is a sort of general existential question, but I hope it's specific enough to be welcome here. I'm a reasonably successful not-quite-exactly-young-any-more researcher in my field, but I don't ...
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Is it possible to do two PhD's in the same field one after another? [duplicate]

I am PhD student in an area of business in India. I am dissatisfied with the coursework and research guidance available at my university and feel that I won't be a very good PhD post completion of ...
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What is the name for “academic fights”?

There are several kinds of academic fights: Two researchers may have different interpretations or modelling approaches to the same dataset. They claim that the other party is wrong in their ...
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Should I get a CS PhD if I'm only interested in industry research? [closed]

I'm currently working on a masters in CS and working at a university as research faculty (my title is 'research engineer'). I'm in the branch that does mostly contract work with the government or ...
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Supervisor lack of knowledge

I am a doctoral student in the engineering area in Europe, Belgium. I applied for the project in which I am in April and was accepted. I also had other offers from England. I liked the subject and ...
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Ws on transcript affecting admission to engineering masters? [duplicate]

I have a 3.67 GPA at Rutgers in Materials Engineering and I plan on going to UConn for a masters in Mechanical Engineering since my job after graduation is more aerospace and mechanical engineering ( ...
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What to expect when pursuing a second doctorate in an unrelated field [duplicate]

Long story short: I got a PhD a few years ago (let's say, in numerical methods for nonlinear PDEs). I've since gotten experience with a couple post-docs and a variety of collaborators, but I'm not ...
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Is it possible to have a healthy work-life balance as a professor?

I am an MSc student and one future direction I have been thinking about is the potential of pursuing a professorship after I do a PhD. Why do I want to be a professor? I enjoy the back and forth of ...
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What should I do if my parents are forcing me to study a career I don't want? [closed]

I want to study biotechnology and become an engineer. I'm a straight A's student and as the eldest daughter I'm quite disciplined. However, my parents don't want me to study that career and are ...
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What are some lifestyles that you have adopted in order to excel in academia? [closed]

So the basic idea is that I want to become a theoretical physicist in the future( in 12th now)and with those conditions, I understand that a person requires originality creativity intuition and good ...
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Is success due to hard work sustainable in academic research?

I am a physics master's student hoping to pursue physics research by doing PhD, post-doc, etc., following the standard path. To put it straight, how far can sheer hard work take one in academia until ...
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Would preaching in a church be advantageous for becoming a lecturer?

In general, the job of a lecturer (under Australian terminology- I think the terminology is different in America) can be divided up into two main areas of focus: research and teaching, with the latter ...
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Moving from a University to a National Research Institution, career implications?

Because of Brexit issues with my large grant, I'm considering a move from a permanent research+teaching post at a university to one of Europe's large research institutions. I'm not particularly ...
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Should I finish my PhD? [closed]

I have one more year until finishing my PhD. I feel that I will have a mediocre PhD thesis, at best. I feel like quitting, and I had this feeling even from the start of the PhD. I felt even from the ...
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About career break in CV

I am going to apply for a postdoc position and there is an item about career break. Having finished my Master degree, I got a position titles Director of Research in a College for about 6 years. In ...
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PhD Length: are shorter PhD degrees (from different countries) valued differently in other counter countries where PhD Is a longer process?

This question is partially inspired by the question about degree nostrification. In some countries a PhD is a 3-3.5 year degree (Denmark and the UK for ex) whereas in others like Sweden a PhD is ...
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Transitioning back to science after working outside of the field?

I went to university studying Immunology but university as a whole was rough for me because I was a poor international student (on scholarship) and my mental health was really bad in general. I ...
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Getting research jobs in Canada for immigrants [closed]

I have a PhD in engineering from an African university which is obviously not well known and now I work at the same university as an assistant professor. I think about immigrating to Canada (EE ...
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What is the meaning of the title “Akad. Orat”?

What is the meaning of the German academic title "Akad. Orat"? What would its international analogous be?
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What should one consider when pondering a career as a scientific editor? [closed]

I'm in my 2nd year postdoc, considering getting a science-related job. I looked for jobs at PhD level, and found that one of my options is becoming an editor for a scientific journal. How many years'...
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Effectiveness of career counselling or career coaching

Many questions on this SE tends to have a flavour of career counselling or career coaching. I have seen a psychologist specialising in career counselling myself and found it a bit wanting. I have had ...
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Is there a structured meritocracy outside of academia? [closed]

I am an engineering PhD student in the "academic bubble". I have no personal connections to the industry and have little to no clue as to how it operates. One of the things that appeals to me most ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of Pursuing a PhD after 5+ years in the Industry? [closed]

I am sure this is a quite subjective topic, but I haven't been able to find like clear advice or info about this particular situation. Also, I'm going to give some context; therefore, you could ...
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How to “know” if I have a passion? [closed]

Most students encounter a life-changing decision during their undergraduate years. That is either to choose a high-paying career, yet such that they might not be passionate about or a career they like ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of working before doing a PhD (in Machine Learning)? [closed]

I've looked at the Wikipedia profiles of a lot of highly successful academics and researchers in my field (Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence) and it seems like nearly all of them jumped into ...
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What's the difference between “academic staff” and “research staff”?

For example in Cambridge website of math department, it lists University Academic Staff and Research Staff. What is the difference?
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How to differentiate which conference to publish to? [closed]

There are many conferences, let's take example cryptography. I assume it makes a difference if you publish at a good conference as compared to a bad conference. The question is then: how do I find ...
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Using an alternative name part of the way through my academic career

For the first 11 years of my career, I worked as an academic in my home country. I moved to the United States two years ago to begin a new faculty position at a flagship state university. During ...
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Choosing interests [closed]

I am a final yr physics bachelor student. In my first semester I was really interested in mechanics I used to solve and analyse examples and enjoy learning them but as time went by . It changed to ...
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Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor? [closed]

Our daughter in secondary school must choose which university subject to apply. In UK, Suicide Act 1961 outlaws any physician-assisted suicide. We've had four members of our extended family who had to ...
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Do the jobs after a PhD in Statistics require a minimum of 3-4 years previous work experiences in the industries? [closed]

I am a full-time student (29) in M.Sc Statistics which is about to finish. I have a less-than-one year job experience. I intend to go for Ph.D in Statistics and I have seen many industries want a ...
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Academic progression in Germany, what happens after a postdoc? What is the next step?

As a follow-up to this question, I am wondering whether or not there are intermediate positions between a postdoc and a tenure in the German academic system. I was told that there isn't really a ...
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Can a person become a professor in English without having a Bachelor degree in English?

Some universities allow students to get enrolled in English studies without having a Bachelor degree in English. If someone completes an MA and PhD without a Bachelor, can that person become a ...