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Looking for work…

…is probably the most daunting task facing anyone who recently graduated from university. We are all well aware of this, but with this in mind, I thought that I’d post a link to this job. This is an employment opportunity from The Reason Foundation, a libertarian public policy research group. And, given the apparent political sympathies of many of this blog’s contributors, you all might want to consider applying.

Additionally, I’m on the mailing list of several policy groups and they usually advertise jobs in their newsletters. Signing up for these emails does clutter your inbox, and it takes time to go through all of them, but such a strategy could prove to be lucrative for recent grads who’d like to find a job outside of the academy that makes use of their philosophical training.


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Job Market Advice

Good advice for job seekers from a reader of Philosophers Anonymous:

Dear Job Seekers,

Your CV should be short and to the point. Your publications should be listed on the first page. Papers and books “in process” should not appear under the heading “Publications.” Neither should papers merely submitted to journals — it takes no philosophical skill to stuff an envelope and address it to Phil Review. A long list of stints as “chair” of sessions at small regional conferences probably should be left off the CV. A two-page dissertation abstract is at least one page too long. Do not make it difficult to discern whether you’re fully-degreed yet — that’s something else to be put up front on the first page.

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The article I’ve posted below circulated among the grad students at my department last semester and I thought that you all might want to read it prior to deciding to apply to grad school. Prior attending grad school, a former professor gave me some not-so-nice information about the reality of life as a grad student and of an aspiring academic. I found this information very useful in evaluating my own reasons for applying to graduate programs in philosophy. While I cannot do for any of you what she did for me, I would like to share with all of you an article from the journal of higher education with (broadly speaking) the same aim. However,  I will warn the readers of this post that the content of this article is bleak, significantly bleaker than what I was told before I applied.  The take home message should NOT be don’t go to grad school, rather it should encourage readers to seriously consider why they want to attend grad school. Is it because you would like to be a professor, make some money, publish and change the world? Or is simply because grinding poverty might be worth it to have a chance to study and discuss philosophy at a significantly higher level? Both of these questions are clearly exaggerations, but I think that they give you the gist of the two options.

Here is one. I’ll post some others as comments, if anyone wants to read them. Before ending this brief post I just want to say again that this is not meant to dissuade anyone from going to grad school, but to instead provide students with some serious concerns that one ought to consider so that once a decision is made, it will be as informed as possible (if your professors have not done this already.)  Personally, I don’t agree with about have of what this author says but it is still worth reading.

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For those who like such statistics: according to a recent report, students who major in philosophy have a higher mid-career salary than students who major in advertising, biology, business management, criminal justice, education, human resources, medical technology, and nursing.

Those interested may also like the ranking of philosophy as a profession, which was mentioned on the blog previously. As a job, philosopher ranked ahead of psychologist (by 47), attorney (by 70), K-12 teacher (by 115), reporter (by 128), and nurse-licensed practitioner (by 172).

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Two-Year Post Doc

In the event that information about this Post Doc didn’t make it into the most recent Jobs for Philosophers, here it is:


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Here, compliments of Inside Higher Ed.

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Job Opening (Fall 2009)

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA, Jacksonville, FL. One-year Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2009. Rank/salary dependent on Ph.D. status. Ph.D. preferred. AOS and AOC open, but the program has teaching needs in gender/race theory, philosophy of science/epistemology, and Asian/comparative philosophy. 8 courses/year (4/semester), undergraduate, possible graduate instruction. The successful candidate will mostly teach lower division introductory courses with opportunity for select upper-level philosophy courses. Minimal non-teaching duties. Summer work available. We encourage applications from women and members of minorities. Mail complete dossier, including a letter of application, C.V., at least three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, a brief writing sample, and evidence of successful teaching experience, to: Philosophy Visiting Position, Department of Philosophy, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL 32224-2665. Deadline for initial consideration of applications is June 10. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants must complete a one-page application form online at http://www.unfjobs.org and must mail all required documents to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not complete the one-page online application form and who do not mail all required documentation will not be considered for this position. “UNF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution.”

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