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Sigaba last won the day on November 28 2020

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    History, ABD. Working in private sector.

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  1. Three very slight wrinkles to this outstanding post. First, if you seek work experience before going to graduate school, find a job that will teach you skills that will be relevant five or ten years from now. AI and ASI are raising the bar on technical jobs while simultaneously pushing many roles towards obsolescence. As an example, during and after the Great Recession, there was demand for "medical coding." Now, it seems that insurance company platforms have it all figured out. Knowing how to do more with ever less, how to manage projects and budgets and risk, how to get along swimmingl
  2. Drift on over when you get the chance... https://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/38-history/
  3. For starters, I recommend browsing through The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era to see where its contributors and reviewers teach and also looking at the backgrounds of its editorial board. It may not be too early to start thinking about how your prioritize your interests. What is the first among equals? Are you a social historian who looks at a specific time period or are you a historian of a specific time period who uses different types of historical analysis to bring that time into sharper focus? You don't have to commit to anything for a while, but understanding how
  4. Congratulations on your admittance to Michigan. Please be careful with this plan of action. It can be hard to get up to pace from a full resting stop.
  5. Yes, with a touch of self-destructiveness (hint: never name names in an open forum) and a generous dose of defensiveness. Your admission that you're still seeking "a job that doesn't drive [you] crazy and gives [you] the comfort to pay my mortgage, go on vacation (...eventually), and pursue [your] hobbies and interests" suggests that you're no nearer to knowing the answer to the question "What am I going to do with my life?" than when you were in graduate school. The statement also suggests that you may not be as familiar with the demands of working in the private sector as you woul
  6. If your current program requires you to do an outside field and gives flexibility to the fields you're required to do in your department, you may be able to find opportunities to develop skills that will give you a competitive advantage when it's time to look for work.
  7. Sigaba

    Los Angeles, CA

    Hi, @foxfire123 ! Here's a link to UCLA's Transportation organization. Here's a link to the system map for the Los Angeles metro system. The routes in red are Metro Rapid lines that run more frequently during peak times and have fewer stops. If you were to identify areas of overlap of those lines and routes in orange first and then start looking at neighborhoods served by multiple lines. Please understand that COVID-19 has turned public transportation a bit sideways. It remains unknown how things will look when L.A. reopens and things get "back to normal." Please understand that some
  8. Have you considered pursuing a doctorate in history with your outside field in political science, using statistics to satisfy one of your language requirements, and using one of your fields in history to focus on political science? Your coursework and your dissertation could center around ongoing efforts among some historians to bridge the gap between political science and history.
  9. IDK if this standard is realistic. Who among us has not had those moments when we're sure that either we and/or the person who wrote a well received work doesn't know WTF history is about? @apotteba, I would suggest that you understand that it's going to take thousands of hours of work to get to the point where you understand history well enough to spend thousands of hours more work to create new knowledge. Along the way, you will face make or break tasks. Throughout, you will be competing for resources, funding, and support against other aspiring historians--some of whom will have been
  10. FWIW, I did my outside field in educational cognitive psychology. Although the professor I studied under did not have a Ph.D or Psy. D., the professor once indicated that he had worked as a clinician. As this professor was something of a really big deal with decades of work in the private and public sectors in addition to higher education, he may done that work before standards were changed or under circumstances where qualifications were less important than outcome.
  11. IMO, yes, you should think this opportunity through very carefully before making a decision. Can you provide a little more information? What's the firm's overall workforce culture? Does it have a lot of "lifers" or do most people move on after a few years? Will you be eligible for pay raises based upon merit or cost of living? What does your benefits package look like (generally)? Are you eligible for performance bonuses? Does the company have a national or international presence that would allow you to transfer once or twice? What are the opportu
  12. @lelick1234, FWIW, ICYM here. AHA Letters of Introduction/Courtesy Requests It is sometimes difficult to gain access to institutions while doing research. This is why the American Historical Association provides Letters of Introduction to assist researchers in gaining access to foreign research facilities, special collections, and government archives. Courtesy Requests for independent historians (scholars without formal affiliation with academic institutions) seeking access to archives, colleges, or university libraries in the United States or abroad, for research purpose
  13. Sigaba


    If you use this tactic, it is crucial for you to understand which works your examiners feel fall into the category of essential / must read / "ignore at one's peril." And even then, @ashiepoo72's guidance is great. Keep in mind that quals are not just for your professional development, they are also a ritual designed to make you suffer. Do what you can to focus on the former and to compartmentalize the latter. If you've not done so already, try to talk to ABD's who have taken their exams with members of your committee. They can offer great insights. Also, if members of your committee
  14. Black Women in STEM on Twitter may be of interest. Maybe also Blk + In Grad School and the accounts listed here. Also, one can not go wrong reading posts by juilletmercredi, a moderator on this BB, especially this one.
  15. I would interpret the offer as an invitation to communicate with the person intermittently and, initially, to ask for small favors -- a recommendation for a book on a given topic, an opinion on which professional conference to attend. I would not consider the invitation to be open ended (anything/ever), especially if the offer was made by an academic historian. (Three qualifiers. If professors/departments have recently experienced a lot of "ghosting," the offer may reflect a sense of pleasant surprise over your professionalism. If the person making the offer also went to H. as an un
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