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A Critique of the Nature article that says a PhD isn’t for Everyone

Nature got a lot of backlash yesterday on Twitter about an article they shared. What Nature tweeted wasn’t the article’s premise. The article’s thrust is that there is a real need to provide more instructions about and require those considering graduate work to research career outcomes, challenges, and strongly consider whether a PhD really is right for them.
I agree. Every student – in every undergraduate major and grad program – needs more support and training in career options, how to research careers, and how to build a thriving career. No arguments there. But I do have things to say about the rest of the article’s points…

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Permanently ABD

Why I quit my PhD program, and where I stand these many years later. in my alt-ac career. Looking back on my choice to quit and stay All But Dissertation.

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On Grad School & Mental Health

I went through major anxiety when I was in grad school, and that was a *lifetime* ago in the higher ed landscape. Before the recession. The women and men I coach are all battling this to one degree or another. While I can recommend tips and strategies, I just want you to know that you are not alone and I have been there.

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Why I started this blog

I frequently find myself talking with grad students or recent Ph.D.s who say things that make me realize they haven’t even researched their career outlooks and planned out their options, nevermind considered the possibility of finding no job in their field.

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