Professionally ambitious women really have only two options when it comes to their personal partners: a super-supportive partner or no partner at all. Anything in between ends up being a morale- and career-sapping morass. Many women find out later in life that their seemingly supportive spouse, well, isn’t. While these spouses are happy to have successful, high-earning wives, they are often caught out by trade-offs they were not expecting. And so they applaud their wives’ ambitions — until those ambitions start to interfere with their own careers. The wives’ disillusionment is deep and lasting and may be contributing to the increasing trend of “gray divorce”: 60% of divorces for older, decades-married couples are initiated by women wanting to leave. The husbands are often blindsided and heartbroken. The lesson: Retaining women (whether at home or in the office) takes skill, self-awareness, and a real commitment to a future in which both members of a marriage get the chance to fulfill their potential.
Archives for October 2017
What do you think makes a scientist credible? The first thing you’re likely to think of is their technical skill base. You might say that a cell biologist projecting credibility must have a fair number of publications in their area of expertise, or a very special niche that they are known for, right? To some extent, you’d be correct—but that’s only when it comes to technical credibility. In reality, your overall credibility is composed of much more than that technical skill base.
What can I do with my Ph.D. and how do I get started? Those are the questions that most often lead Ph.D. students from the humanities and social sciences to our advising offices. They expose complex issues such as a lack of confidence in the skills acquired during doctoral training, anxiety about unknown work and a feeling of disempowerment in the job search. They are the conversations that drove more than 80 career professionals from 56 universities across the United States and Canada to create an online tool to help bridge the knowledge gap between doctoral education and the realm of career possibilities. That tool is ImaginePhD, a free and confidential career-exploration and planning tool for the humanities and social sciences that launches today.
There’s never been a more important time for UK universities to nurture their international student population. With the number of applications from EU students falling after Brexit and the government’s approach to immigration deterring some of those from further afield, the quality of the student experience is key for recruitment and retention.
The academic dream is a powerful thing. To be surrounded by brilliant colleagues, working on discovering new insights for the betterment of society, is a heady prospect. To enjoy ironclad job security, to rest easy deep into middle age as your peers in the private sector grow anxious about being laid off, would be an almost unimaginable relief. And to enjoy both the company and the respect of smart, energetic youngsters, not to mention free gyms, lots of time off and good health care — well, it’s no surprise that for many, academia is an ideal job.