I am something you don’t read about very often… part-time, adjunct faculty… and happy. This is not the career I had in mind when I started my PhD program; the only career goal I’ve ever had was to be a scientist and professor. But as I neared the end of my program, I realized that my dream job might not be compatible with my overall dream life.
I started my PhD program single, childless and ambitious, ready to throw myself over to the process and lovestruck with the culture of ecology. I followed every piece of advice. I applied for grants, was awarded a fellowship, published, and by all accounts was poised to “make it” – post-doc then tenure-track job. But a few years can change a lot, and other priorities began to creep in.
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