Why I’m Leaving Academia

All in all this post is amazing. Honestly it’s a bit long compared compared to most of the other blog posts I read and the piece of information I understood the best was the Gilmore Girls Reference, this aside this post is still one I greatly enjoyed reading. It gave some interesting insight into I world I know nothing about and from start to finish I was completely enthralled.

To anyone reading this, I highly recommend you take the time to sit down and give it a read!

Susan Zakaib

Don’t worry: this isn’t yet another rant about why academia is horrible and no one should ever go to graduate school. Yes, the ivory tower has its problems. But that’s not why I’m leaving.

Speaking openly, frankly and with optimism about “alt-ac” or “post-ac” careers is becoming increasingly common. But, with some notable exceptions, the conversation still seems focused primarily on how to use these careers as a back-up option when the academic track turns out to be terrible–the thing we do when we’re exhausted, buried under debt, and can’t get a good tenure track job. The thing we do only when Plan A goes horribly awry and gets too awful to deal with.

Even Karen Kelsky–who chose to leave her great tenured position because it wasn’t what she wanted–frames the decision to leave in this light:

It’s OK to quit. It’s OK to decide to move on and…

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