I think I need to get a haircut and get a real job

by Anna Blanch on July 22, 2011

Anna blanch

Here goes something.

So it’s time to start thinking about life and job beyond the PhD. Not for the “right now” – I still have to finish the thesis and defend it – but for the very near future!

In some ways I wondered about writing a blog post about this: Should I be this transparent about looking for a job? Especially given that this website is one of my public faces to the world, including the academic world. But, I’ve made a habit of being authentic about what it means to be a scholar, and to have a certain singularity of personality rather than just some promotional indulgence when it comes to writing about it here.

So here goes:

I am looking for a job.

Preferably one that will begin mid-2012. The start date, like the location of said job is negotiable!

The reality is this though: the deadlines for post-doctoral fellowships beginning in September 2012 are starting to come up, and the US job market for September 2012 will open in a little over a month from now. I’m starting to notice adjunct position notices for jobs here in the UK (although i’m not planning on applying for any of these this year). It’s a daunting prospect.

I’ve had a number of conversations at Hospitable Texts: New Approaches to Religion and Literature Conference about what i’m thinking in terms of teaching and research post PhD and whether that future is here in the UK or in the USA, and there’s been some off-the-cuff comments from fellow writers, scholars, and indeed family in Australia about their wish that I return to Australia.

I’m definitely interested in combining administrative responsibilities (and using my legal background) with teaching, research, and writing in scholarly contexts alongside mainstream print media & emerging digital media publications.

So what i’m saying is this: I need to start thinking, pondering, reflecting, and dare I say praying about what lies ahead. There are many more hard yards to be done on my thesis on E.Nesbit and thinking about what I could offer in terms of teaching and research over the next few years for any school, college or institution looking for someone like me. And I guess somewhere in the midst of this working out how to prioritize my own desires as I face a very tough job market and the prospect of being willing to go anywhere in the world. [Once you’ve left Australia, the way one sees the world changes markedly – distance is, in the most pun-a-rific way, relative]

If you know of somewhere where I might be a good fit, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

There’s a contact form here. or just send me an email to goannatree[at]gmail[dot]com.

I’m going to do a little more thinking about how best to explain my diverse interests, and experience in ways that make it a little more clearcut how to conceive of my interdisciplinary research and teaching style, and my “fittingness” within a higher education context that is still largely discipline bound. I do have a bio with selected CV and publications available and a complete resume or CV can be forwarded on request.

Finally, I’m referencing Paul Keating and a grumpy Bob Hawke, rather than George Thorogood for those that got the reference in the title, but so as not to disappoint fans of the latter:

Photo Credit: Gillian Gamble

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    Hi Anna,

    I'm a long-time lurker and fan of your blog (your posts consistently cheer me– I always feel optimistic after reading your blog!). Congrats on your big decision, and for posting about your non-academic job: knowing that other PhD students are in the same boat is a great normalizing effect. I'm sure that you'll be able to find something that is a great fit for your talents and interests!

    I'm a PhD student in a similar position, and I started http://lifeafterthephd.com/ to collect info for graduate students considering non-academic careers. If you go through the links under http://lifeafterthephd.com/career-resources/, you'll find a bunch of other great bloggers dealing with the same topic (you might know about all of them already, but I thought I'd pass it on!). Also, do you know about the #alt-ac tag on Twitter? There's an explanation about #alt-ac here: &lt ;http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/alt-ac-context>, and a collection of articles here: &lt ;http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/>.

    Good luck! I look forward to following your progress here, and on Twitter!

    • http://www.goannatree.com/ Goannatree

       how did I only just see your comment!

      Thankyou so much for the encouragement and the suggestions of places and links to follow up.

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