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Departments are not growing as fast as they are all pumping out new PhDs that are looking for fewer jobs. So being a superstar and having some luck will be a big factor. This started circa early 70s and has continued in STEM fields since then.


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It is appropriate for you to ask for a recommendation. However, the professor may not feel it is appropriate for him to ask them directly. But it is part of their responsibility to at least write you a letter of recommendation. And they may be willing to do more. But the "way" to ask, is just to ask. Ask for a recommendation, preferably a letter ...


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The best option if you can get accepted is through a MEXT scolarship. Usually, the application process is detailed on the website of the Japanese embassy of your country. Of course there are other scholarships but this one is the most advantageous. If you can self-finance, you may want to try to enroll as a "Kenkyusei" (research student) for 1/2 ...


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TLDR: Many of your questions depend on details of the field and your personal relationship with both professors involved. The best you can do is handle this like any other professional opportunity by putting yourself in your advisor's position and thinking of ways to turn things positive for all parties. Assuming reasonable people on both sides, clear and ...


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This answer will be very general, since the importance of conferences, and public speaking generally, depends on your field. In CS, for example, if you don't go to conferences and present your work, no one is likely to know of you since much of the new work appears in conferences and their proceedings. In math that isn't so much the case, since journal ...


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[I am talking from a STEM perspective, not from social sciences, but from what I hear from humanities, interaction may even be more important there than in STEM. However, take it with a grain of salt:] A faculty position involves interacting with people and giving lectures regularly. Where will you get the practice from if not in conferences? Assuming even ...


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You should chat with your future department, starting with the department chair. (The views of random people on the internet, by the way, should count for very little!) Based on past experience, asking to defer one's start was not uncommon even pre-Covid. Keep in mind that (i) your department wants you to succeed, and making a case that you're more likely to ...


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It would be unprofessional to describe your previous employer in anything but positive terms when you are a job applicant. If you cannot describe them positively, do not describe them at all. You are showing the future employer how you will describe them in the future. You could try suggesting an alternate reference, without saying why. Ask yourself, why ...


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