Quitting academia

I keep coming across more and more articles by disillusioned young researchers quitting academia, like this one by a physics postdoc http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/may/01/academic-anonymous-leaving-academia, or this one by a history postdoc http://www.slate.com/articles/life/inside_higher_ed/2014/03/quitting_the_academic_job_market_should_i_give_up_on_trying_to_be_a_professor.html

There is also an amusing recent debate in the form of two articles. The first one is wildly optimistic (although it makes some great points, it assumes that all responsibility lies upon the PHD student and completely disregards the fact that perhaps the system is a li-itlle bit toxic, if so many PhD students and postdocs feel so intensely disappointed. )
The sardonic response: http://www.iire.org/en/activities/other-activities/item/542-breaking-the-silence-in-academia-forum-and-discussion-24th-may.html

And here is an article by a more senior academic on a related, but opposite, subject: giving up tenure. http://chronicle.com/article/Giving-Up-Tenure-Who-Does/138345/

The comments sections are even more interesting than the articles themselves.

I can’t find any of the other articles right now, my Internet is very patchy right now. I am also too tired to reflect on why this proliferation is happening right now (like all other labour markets, the academic labour market is suffering from decreasing stability and security – stating the obvious, I know…). But here is a cool public discussion about the corporatisation of Dutch universities It is in Amsterdam on 24 May. Pity I can’t go.


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