Parental leave is a start, but what about the support working parents need throughout the duration of working parenthood?!
Academics, especially, get really hung up on the idea that moving vertically – and that the right job *title* and the more *money* that comes along with that equals success. And I’m here to tell you that I know plenty of folks who have moved laterally – sometimes even for slightly less pay – just to be able to try something new and break into an area that is much more engaging for them. Success looks different for different people.
When you take a problem-solving approach to career planning, that limits your ability to create a new future, one that might be even better than you ever imagined. Try this appreciative inquiry exercise to see what new possibilities occur to you.
When over 70% of the jobs are, well, alt-ac, then it’s actually tenure-track or permanent faculty positions that have become the “alternative” career path. If you have to label us working outside of tenure-track faculty, some argue for using career diversity instead.