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Moving On: Essays on the Aftermath of Leaving Academia

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Thinking of leaving academia? Or have you already started inching toward the exit? In this volume, 14 former graduate students, adjuncts, and tenure-track professors tell their personal stories about leaving academia, rediscovering their lives in the "real world," and finding new jobs and careers.

The essays are full of personal stories, memories, and frank discussions of
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published January 3rd 2014
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Christina Mitchell
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I feel anyone following my Goodreads reviews knows I am post-dissertation with my Ph.D. and currently looking for employment. I feel it would be news to some that I chose to pursue non-tenure-track employment. Upon reflection and journaling, I knew I did not want a tenure-track line in a college or university at the beginning of my second year in my Ph.D. program, yet I had a bit of difficulty admitting this to myself. I even found myself swayed a couple of times to the possibilities of joining ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
WOW, I needed this. I also have a hatred of self-help books but this one, while it was a self-help book indirectly, was worth it.

first off, Moving On does not necessarily offer solid pathways to take after leaving academia but rather personal advice and experiences. however, there is an extremely helpful Resource list at the end of the eBook where you can find said pathways and a supportive community. Moving On showcases essays from all sorts of academic types, male and female. I identified most
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be both reaffirming and inspiring. Like any essay collection, some essays are stronger than others, but as a whole, I really appreciate the range the book covers. There are essays from grad students who left early on to those who left ABD (one with a half-written diss!). There are essays from people who completed the PhD and left due to the wiles of the academic job market or those who landed the tenure track job (or even got tenure), but decided to leave for a variety of re ...more
Noelle Matteson
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: february-2018
Though this collection of personal essays did get me thinking, I preferred the blog posts I read by the same authors. Maybe I'm just not used to reading personal essays because many of these felt a little too self-absorbed for my complete engagement. I personally didn't identify with most of these extremely high achieving hard workers who made it in the "academic world," at least until they didn't. My favorite pieces were perhaps written by those who had more than a few years distance from leavi ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
thought-provoking, funny, humane. the essays were less focused on the logistics of leaving academia (this isn't a practical guide to finding a career) and much more interested in unpacking the emotional aspects of making that decision. which is kinda what i needed/wanted. my favorite essays were the ones by christine slocum, julie clarenbach, mae liou, and lauren whitehead.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started this book (relatively) soon after receiving my PhD, when I was "all but job" (ABJ), and finished just one week after landing my first post-ac position. It was the best kind of therapy - especially given my lack of health insurance to fund actual therapy.

About 75% of the stories were perfect salve. During those stories, I found myself alternating between fist-pumps, tears of laughter and of sadness, moments of silence, and lots of ceremonious wine glass-raising. "The Ballad of Big Noth
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A must read for those thinking about leaving academia, or in the process of doing so.

I enjoyed hearing different perspectives. I could not identify with all authors, but I think that was the point. I would have liked to hear stories from academics from STEM, as all writers (but one, if I remember correctly) are from humanities.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such a comforting collection of essays by people who have escaped academia, as I have. Some are upbeat, some are angry, some are regretful, but all are reassuring.
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