"In many disciplines, for the majority of graduates, the Ph.D. indicates the logical conclusion of an academic career." Marc Bousquet

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

You know you've left academe for good when ...

... your former students start showing up in your LinkedIn network.

And now they're all grown up and doing "real world" jobs. Some of them are doing jobs you would have NEVER expected based on your experience with them in your class as college freshmen -- like the totally disorganized kid who was always stoned and yet still always needing to be the center of attention now working as a government bureaucrat.

Ah, well, everybody has to grow up sooner or later.

1 comment:

  1. If you are over a certain age and still in academia, your former students may show up in your LinkedIn network. Several of my former students have later been colleagues. I began teaching nearly 40 years ago, so some of my students are now around 60 and are retiring from "real world" jobs.