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"After years of prioritizing college readiness, governments are finally doing more to recognize the value of Career and Technical Education."
education  career  preparation 
4 days ago by tsuomela
Problems with scientific research: How science goes wrong | The Economist
"Science still commands enormous—if sometimes bemused—respect. But its privileged status is founded on the capacity to be right most of the time and to correct its mistakes when it gets things wrong. And it is not as if the universe is short of genuine mysteries to keep generations of scientists hard at work. The false trails laid down by shoddy research are an unforgivable barrier to understanding."
science  reproduction  research  ethics  career  academia  verification 
march 2015 by tsuomela
Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students
"Despite efforts to recruit and retain more women, a stark gender disparity persists within academic science. Abundant research has demonstrated gender bias in many demographic groups, but has yet to experimentally investigate whether science faculty exhibit a bias against female students that could contribute to the gender disparity in academic science. In a randomized double-blind study (n = 127), science faculty from research-intensive universities rated the application materials of a student—who was randomly assigned either a male or female name—for a laboratory manager position. Faculty participants rated the male applicant as significantly more competent and hireable than the (identical) female applicant. These participants also selected a higher starting salary and offered more career mentoring to the male applicant. The gender of the faculty participants did not affect responses, such that female and male faculty were equally likely to exhibit bias against the female student. Mediation analyses indicated that the female student was less likely to be hired because she was viewed as less competent. We also assessed faculty participants’ preexisting subtle bias against women using a standard instrument and found that preexisting subtle bias against women played a moderating role, such that subtle bias against women was associated with less support for the female student, but was unrelated to reactions to the male student. These results suggest that interventions addressing faculty gender bias might advance the goal of increasing the participation of women in science."
science  gender  bias  career  resume 
september 2014 by tsuomela
The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
"Seven things I did during my first seven years at Harvard. Or, how I loved being a tenure-track faculty member, by deliberately trying not to be one. I decided that this is a 7-year postdoc. I stopped taking advice. I created a “feelgood” email folder. I work fixed hours and in fixed amounts. I try to be the best “whole” person I can. I found real friends. I have fun “now”."
phd  academia  career  tenure  advice  motivation 
august 2013 by tsuomela
The Gervais Principle, Or The Office According to “The Office”
"Until now, that is. Now, after four years, I’ve finally figured the show out. The Office is not a random series of cynical gags aimed at momentarily alleviating the existential despair of low-level grunts. It is a fully-realized theory of management that falsifies 83.8% of the business section of the bookstore. The theory begins with Hugh MacLeod’s well-known cartoon, Company Hierarchy (below), and its cornerstone is something I will call The Gervais Principle, which supersedes both the Peter Principle and its successor, The Dilbert Principle. Outside of the comic aisle, the only major and significant works consistent with the Gervais Principle are The Organization Man and Images of Organization. "
title(TheOffice)  business  organizations  management  career  sociopathy  success 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Bill Clinton’s $80 Million Payday, or Why Politicians Don’t Care That Much About Reelection « naked capitalism
"In other words, Barack Obama and his franchise are emulating the Clinton’s, and are speaking not to voters, but to potential post-election patrons. That’s what their policy goals are organized around. So when you hear someone talking about how politicians just want to be reelected, roll your eyes. "
politics  incentives  career  lobbying 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Don’t Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice | Kalzumeus Software
" This post aspires to be README.txt for your career as a young engineer. The goal is to make you happy, by filling in the gaps in your education regarding how the “real world” actually works. It took me about ten years and a lot of suffering to figure out some of this, starting from “fairly bright engineer with low self-confidence and zero practical knowledge of business.” I wouldn’t trust this as the definitive guide, but hopefully it will provide value over what your college Career Center isn’t telling you."
programming  business  career  advice  via:vielmetti 
november 2011 by tsuomela
News: 'No More Plan B' - Inside Higher Ed
"In this environment, Grafton and Grossman write that the idea of working outside academe needs to be basic to all discussions with graduate students, from the time they look at programs to their dissertation defenses. But history departments also need to consider "bigger" changes than just talking about options, and those changes, the statement argues, should include adjustments in the doctoral curriculum."
academia  work  jobs  humanities  history  phd  career 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » The Calculus of Remarkability
"In my experience, most people are hesitant to adopt a power hitter approach to their projects — be it in academia or elsewhere. Assuming you have a fixed amount of time to dedicate to projects, you can either use this time to produce a large amount of solid work or a small amount of great work. To most, the first option seems safer, easier, and more satisfyingly productive.

The more I ponder Lieberman, however, the more I think that he’s stumbled onto a key insight: our hesitation about a big swing approach to projects is flawed. When you understand the true calculus of impressiveness, as I suspect Lieberman does, taking a small number of big swings becomes the only strategy that makes sense."
success  academic  career  visibility  scale  projects  ambition 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Be Careful What You Wish For |
"So, all I’d say is, brutal self-honesty is not a bad thing. If you’re going to kill yourself trying because success means just that much to you, great. As long as you know exactly why you’re doing it — in your own words, I mean, and not the ones that come from your Chair, Dean, mom, or neighbor. Or even from me."
academia  advice  career  phd 
september 2011 by tsuomela
#Alt-Academy: An Interview with Bethany Nowviskie « University of Venus
"During the Digital Humanities 2011 conference in Stanford, Bethany Nowviskie launched #Alt-Academy, a site within the Media Commons project.

#Alt-Academy offers an ongoing collection of essays on the theme of unconventional or alternative academic careers through a “bottom-up, publish-then-filter” approach to scholarly publishing and networked community building. I asked Bethany about the initiative…"
digital-humanities  alternative  academic  work  career 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Career Advice: Our Failure of Imagination - Inside Higher Ed
"A career involves fitting oneself into a pre-given narrative. By contrast, being a “kind of person” does not. I want to suggest that we’d do well to conceive of ourselves in terms of “kinds of person,” “modes,” and “activities.” To illustrate this point, it might be easiest for me to refer to my own case. In my life and work, I have sought to see the basic kind of person I am — a philosopher — as manifesting itself in three basic ways — freelance writer, philosophical counselor, and educational consultant — and as unfolding in a set of finite activities."
future  work  academic  advice  career  education  models  university 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Career Advice: Models for Post-University Life - Inside Higher Ed
" How will creative types go about “manufacturing” a patronage system in the early 21st century? Let’s consider three figures, three plausible models of living."
future  work  academic  career  advice  university  models  education 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Dr. Susan Blackmore - Why I’m leaving.
"That, I guess, is my point. It’s become very hard to love your subject the way it deserves to be loved. Stay inside the system and there’s no time to think - go outside and you have to fight for every fee. But I’m determined to love the mystery of consciousness. So I’ve made my choice. I’ll trade in the official deal for the precarious balancing act of an academic with no job.

And will I miss anything at UWE? Oh yes. I’ll miss those magic moments when you know you’ve inspired a clever student, or helped a not-so-clever one understand something really difficult. But such moments are increasingly rare as the classes get bigger, the time to prepare gets shorter, and the forms get longer."
academia  work  career  jobs  teaching  alternative 
april 2011 by tsuomela
I Do This Because ... | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
"So part of the answer is, I do this because I stumbled upon this thing called writing, after trying a couple of different career fields. And three days into my first job as a writer, I felt, in the same way people feel a sofa is the perfect sofa, one particular house is the one they want to buy, or a partner is “the one” they want to grow old with, that I had come home. That I had found a craft I could imagine working at, day after day, and year after year, without ever tiring of it or wishing to retire from it. And, equally importantly, that writing was perhaps the best and most unique gift I could contribute to the world."
motivation  writing  work  career  justification  reason  passion 
february 2011 by tsuomela
What Can International Cricket Teach Us About the Role of Luck in Labor Markets?
How important is luck in determining labor market outcomes? We address this question using a new dataset of all international test cricketers who debuted between 1950 and 1985. We present evidence that a player’s debut performance is strongly affected by an exogenous source of variation: whether the debut series is played at home or abroad. This allows us to identify the role of luck - factors unrelated to ability - in shaping future career outcomes. We find that players lucky enough to debut at home perform significantly better on debut. Moreover, debut performance has a large and persistent impact on long run career outcomes. We also make headway in empirically distinguishing between competing explanations for why exogenous initial conditions exercise a persistent impact on career performance
career  cricket  money  sports  wealth  income 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Career Advice: The N-Word - Inside Higher Ed
I want to share with my tenure-track readers two of the best strategies I’ve learned to deal with service-overload: 1) establishing an “N-Committee” and 2) conceptualizing your faculty career as a “book with many chapters.”
academia  career  advice  tenure  goals 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Fallible preferences & universities
20-year-olds cannot predict the specific skills they’ll need in the labour market in 10-20 years time. This is not just because they don‘t know what jobs they‘ll have then, but because they don‘t know how occupations will change. For this reason, there’s a huge danger that purely vocational skills will quickly date. Instead, the key is to teach them more general skills: how to interpret evidence; how to write, and so on. One good way to do this is to give them a rigorous education in anything; how else do you explain the economic success of Oxford classics graduates?
education  purpose  business  utility  career  prediction  preference  university 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Ecology without Nature: How to Get That Elusive Academic Job Part 3: Ikebana Practice
As members of the hiring committee we need to know:

1) what the big picture is in your work
2) how you did it (ethnography, close reading, exploring ideas x, y, z, history...)
3) ONE discovery/original conclusion

We need to know it in PARAGRAPH 1 or 2 of your job letter.
job  career  academia 
october 2010 by tsuomela
A Non-Academic Career?
Information, Resources, And Background On Options For Philosophers
Prepared by the APA Committee on Non-Academic Careers
philosophy  academia  work  job  career 
september 2010 by tsuomela
a primer on ‘networking’ «
So here, in very stylized form, is the state of the academic art on “networking”.
networking  jobs  career  advice  weak-ties 
july 2010 by tsuomela
grad skool rulz «
This is a collection of graduate school advice columns I have written for orgtheory. I have tried to make it fairly generic advice. I hope you can find something relevant to your situation.
graduate-school  graduate-student  advice  work  career  tips 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Volatile and Decentralized: The Secret Lives of Professors
I came to Harvard 7 years ago with a fairly romantic notion of what it meant to be a professor -- I imagined unstructured days spent mentoring students over long cups of coffee, strolling through the verdant campus, writing code, pondering the infinite. I never really considered doing anything else. At Berkeley, the reigning belief was that the best and brightest students went on to be professors, and the rest went to industry -- and I wanted to be one of those elite. Now that I have students that harbor their own rosy dreams of academic life, I thought it would be useful to reflect on what being a professor is really like. It is certainly not for everybody. It remains to be seen if it is even for me.
academia  culture  graduate-school  career  professor  education  work  via:vaguery 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Beyond Passion: The Science of Loving What You Do
At a high level, SDT (Self-Determination Theory) makes a simple claim: To be happy, your work must fulfill three universal psychological needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness.
work  career  happiness  experience  psychology  motivation  ambition  goals  autonomy  competence  relatedness  relationship 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » How to Get Into Stanford with B's on Your Transcript: Failed Simulations & the Surprising Psychology of Impressiveness
The Failed Simulation Effect - Accomplishments that are hard to explain can be much more impressive than accomplishments that are simply hard to do.

This is the secret of Steve. He’s not brilliant. super passionate, or ultra-hard working — instead, he accomplished something that’s hard to explain. This is why he is more impressive than David, even though his high school career required less time devoted to extracurricular activities.
inspiration  education  career  hacks  school  study  academia  fame  success  graduate-school 
march 2010 by tsuomela - Welcome to - Imagine. Connect. Act.
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non-profit  jobs  activism  community  volunteer  career  organizations  sustainability  collaboration  forums 
march 2010 by tsuomela
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