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  1. Hi, all. I know this is a looong explanation; please bear with me, because I desperately need advice! **Background: Got BA in Psych, then worked as a community support provider for a year at a MHC for adults with mental illness. Fall 2016, I applied for a MSW program and got in. I've been at school for 4 weeks (I'm no longer at the job). Problem: Up until spring of 2017, which was AFTER my program accepted me, I wanted to be a therapist. I am introverted but (IMO) good at helping people work through their problems, and I generally enjoy doing so. But I often found my MHC job to be incredibly stressful, and many of my therapist coworkers seemed overwhelmed, stressed, and didn't particularly like their jobs. A couple quit or moved departments because of the huge caseloads, bunches of paperwork, and stress of the job (seemed like a bad sign). However, I had already formally decided to go to school, so I continued with that plan. Honestly, I loved and cared about my clients, but I found the constant worries of suicide (and homicide) were too emotionally taxing for me despite being fairly successful at my job. After the first half year, I started dreading work because I'd worry so much, in spite of my previous training. I found it difficult to have the energy to do anything after work. Self-care and coping skills helped somewhat, but I still did not often look forward to my job. This intensely concerned me, because I want to have a career that helps people, but one that I can also enjoy (aka stress is manageable) and that is sustainable for me long-term. My professors seem to think I just need better coping skills, but I'm not sure that the intensity of SMI/crisis clinical work is for me. But, it's hard to give up my dream of therapy. I don't want to continue with my MSW for no reason, but I don't want to give up on it too early, either. I have faith there could be a clinical career out there that fits me. Thus, I was thinking I could: 1. Shift my career focus to addressing people's general life problems ("counseling"?), not geared toward SMI. Sort of like counseling psych v. clinical psych. I thought this might decrease the number of crisis situations that always sent me into an internal tizzy. But is this kind of work even possible for a SWer to obtain when just starting out-- or even in the future afterward? 2. EAP counseling, because it seems to me this is also more life-problem and not crisis/SMI based, and I could merge my Psych and Business interests. But it appears difficult to break into that field. Am I being unrealistic in hoping to do more "general counseling" or EAP type work? Should I go find something more "behind the scenes" to do with my MSW? (I've thought of grant writing or program planning, but have no current experience there.) TL;DR : Find working with/counseling SMI/crisis clients very stressful- wondering if more general counseling about life issues, or EAP careers, are realistic and less stressful for a future entry-level MSW grad. Desire to help others while moderating own stress level for more sustainable career. Willing to consider other options if suggested.
  2. Academic Job Mobility in the European Context

    In the United States it is not uncommon to apply to academic jobs all over the country. Personally, I do not know a single person who limited his or her search to just one state (i.e. Massachusetts). That being said, the language of instruction and the key aspects of academic culture remain the same coast to coast. In comparison, what is the situation like in Europe, particularly Scandinavia and Switzerland? For example, given that the population of Denmark is comparable in size to that of Massachusetts, how does this affect the academic job market? Is it standard practice for PhDs & lecturers/postdocs located in Denmark to search for their first career placement across Europe [and beyond]? Or do they search for employment primarily on the national academic job market? How do the national differences in language/academic culture fit into this equation? Background: I’m considering PhD/Academic Career in Europe. Ideally, I would like to learn the local language and assimilate as much as possible during the PhD. Given this long-term effort, I would prefer to continue on in the same country following graduation. I’m especially interested in hearing from those with experience in the social sciences and humanities (working or studying in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, or Switzerland). However, please consider contributing even if you do not fit this particular set of criteria. My own experience is in Cult/Soc Anthropology (USA).
  3. Hello! Please complete my 7-minute survey for you chance to win 1 of 2 £25 Amazon vouchers! You need to have graduated in 2015, 2016 or this year. Thank you!!
  4. Should i decline a Fulbright?

    I just found out I got a Fulbright for all three years of my phd film program in Scotland! I'm so proud of this opportunity, but I also just got a promotion at my current job in a really great museum. I now get to work with films in a museum. I think i want to work in non-academic sector,/museums, so this is also a great opportunity to keep moving with my career. I think going to school would be great, but i worry about giving up my great job. I can't defer the scholarship nor can I come back to my job. I also just moved in with my girlfriend. What should i do? Thanks!!
  5. Mba application

    Hi to all, Having graduated from one of Turkey's reputable universities in 2010 ( BS Engineering, gpa 2.01), I began to work in sales and marketing departments of corporate companies. Now having worked 5 years full time, I decided to add an mba vision both for myself and my career. I want to ask you which way I should follow? I need your advices. -Can I apply for a grad school such a low gpa? Does it sound logical for admittance? -Should I just prefer only my country Turkey for Mba or does having an Mba from USA or UK get more to my career? -Should I decide the grad school location after the application? As you see I am really confused, I am not sure on which step I should start? Thanks for your advices,
  6. What are your thoughts on Georgetown Masters in Applied Economics program. I plan on applying to the program but have so reservation about the program. Firstly, the lack of information about the program concerns me. On the university's website all you can find is generic information on the program. The career page is non existent and there isn't even a detailed description of the courses offered. I tried a LinkedIn search for alum which was unfruitful. I tried emailing the director of the program and only got the same generic response. Its as if the university does not care about the program and only need it to fund its PhD program. Are there any alum here who could shed some light on the program in terms of the quality of education and the career prospect or students?
  7. I was admitted to SIPA for the MPA in Development Practice and NYU Wagner for the MPA in Public & Non Profit Management & Policy (International specialization) and was fortunate to receive funding from both. I'm aware that it's possible to request additional funding from each school, but as of now I'd be paying ~45k out of pocket for the 2 years at NYU and ~68k for the 2 years at Columbia. With a 22k difference (and this doesn't even include living expenses!), I'd like to know how Columbia's and NYU's programs compare (in terms of academics, internship & career opportunities, networking, practical skills training, faculty accessibility, etc.) and if I would be getting infinitely more from Columbia that would justify the extra 22k. Will I have better job prospects and networking opportunities if I go to Columbia over NYU? Is the International MPA track at NYU comparable to SIPA's MPA-DP program in terms of skills & material learned? How accessible & involved are faculty at each? If you were in my shoes what would you pick and why? P.S I want to work in program management / development for an international NGO or foundation upon graduation with plans to found my own organization in the near future (hence why those hard skills & networks are extremely important to me).
  8. I got several official letter in biostatistics phd program. After Ph.D., I hope to continue my biostatistical research as post-doc and professor. I'm wondering the future career in biostatistics after Ph.D. as follow universities. NYU, Miami, Indiana, Arizona, Wisconsin-Madison, South Carolina, Penn State, UC San Diego, University of Florida. The thing is that they are not included in the ranking of biostatistics phd program because those programs are belonging to medical school.
  9. Does Program Prestige Matter?

    When graduating with a PhD in clinical psychology, does the prestige of your graduate program effect your career in the short and long term? My career goals are centered around academic research with an interest in consulting. I'm wondering if the national reputation of a program (ie. graduating from a school in the top ten vs. top 50) is a significant factor in the trajectory of your career.
  10. Career Development workshops

    Hello All- I'm working on a K01 application and the career development section. Can anyone recommend a few workshops on research in the field of public health/health sciences. I'd love any recommendations! Anything from qualitative/quantitative research to the public health field! Thanks in advance!
  11. There are thousands of influential research papers that go unread, some are behind paywall, some are hard for non-researchers to read and understand -- besides writing papers, authors are unable to spend a lot of time making that valuable knowledge accessible. Can we help?Come join Stanford Scholar --- a 500 strong community --- learn about latest research topics in computer science, collaborate with people worldwide in a cohesive setup and create short research talks. Anyone can participate, from high school students to PhD students, in any area of computer science or technology. Past participants have received letters for their school applications, and have gone on to places like UCLA and Stanford.For more info, check out here: or comment below/email me at Thanks!
  12. Career Change (Teaching English to Biology)

    Hi everyone. I should preface my situation and aspirations with the fact that I realize the following is most likely a pipe dream. That being said, I have been feeling this way for some time and willing to do whatever it takes to change my current situation. Anyway, here it goes... I am a 29-year-old English teacher living in Massachusetts. I am married and moved here for my wife's job (which is unique). I love living in this area and my personal life is all positive. However, my career has come to a breaking point. I am no longer happy teaching English to middle/high schoolers. I've been teaching for 6+ years and, by standard metrics, I would consider myself a successful teacher. As many of you know, being successful at something does not necessarily have a direct correlation to satisfaction or happiness. I originally thought I wanted to go into the sciences out of high school, but I lacked the maturity to realize this passion. I have taken a few science courses (bio and chem) in undergrad but received low grades in these classes. I graduated undergrad with a BA in English and grad school with an MA in Education. I am having the same feeling of being interested in the sciences now, but I am completely lost how I could pursue a career in science at this point. Is it at all possible to pursue an advanced degree in Biology at this point. Where would I even start? How could I obtain the necessary prerequisites to have a chance? Would you recommend taking classes at a local CC to fulfill some of these requirements? I know research experience is also a key component. Is there any way to have an experience in research? As always, time and money are restraints in this equation. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
  13. Hi all, Before I jump into my questions, I'd like to give some information on my general background. I am from Turkey, and going to graduate from History department next year, or maybe sooner. I have a major interest in Middle Eastern History, and want to persue an academic career in the field. However, surprisingly so, History departments in my city(Ankara) are not the best in the field. There is a Middle Eastern Studies department in my school which seems to me as the best option to train myself on the field. So, my questions are: 1) Does a Master's degree from Middle Eastern Studies have some disadvantages-in terms of career opportunities- compared to one from a History department? If so, what are those? 2) Would it lessen my chances if I apply for Phd in History? I would really appreciate if some of you with experience in the field would answer these questions. Thanks in advance!
  14. How to Re-Career Post Grad School

    I recently got my Masters in German literature, and am not too sure if I want to pursue a career in academia. I have been working on re-careering by doing unpaid internships that focus on online community management, social media marketing, and community outreach via social networks. I have learned a lot, and have even had some interviews with some decent sized start ups. I was wondering if any of you have had similar situations, are thinking about doing the same, have done it, and what you have experienced. I know it's terrible to plug, but I've also started a little blog about the journey I've had trying to find a job outside of academia, how I've gone about doing it, as well as small pieces of advice. Thanks
  15. MPH University of Maryland (prospects)

    Hi, I got admitted into the MPH Program at the University of Maryland at the Environmental Health. I may have a funding opportunity available through a graduate assistantship to help me during the program. What are job prospects like in the US and Canada for international students? I already have a master of science degree in clinical research and some experience working in public health in India ( development and chronic diseases). Initially I wanted to go for a PhD, but I think doing an MPH at UMD may improve my chances of getting better PhD offers and I might even get a good job offer. Would love to hear what you guys have to say!
  16. Should I do a PhD?

    hello! I need some help deciding what to do, or at least hearing from other people, so that I can better inform my own decision I just received an offer to Brown Sociology PhD program. The offer includes full scholarship for tuition, health care, and $2,700 per month stipend. I currently work for the government in Hawaii. I earn 90k, and work in budgeting/financial analysis. It's not ideally what I thought I'd be doing, but it is living on a tropical island and earning good money. But when it is all said and done, I do not like or enjoy my job much. It is just not that fun. I am often sad or miserable doing it. I have interests in social sciences, and the best time of my life was when I was doing my masters degree in Development studies in London. I love reading articles, writing papers, researching, thinking, etc. I would LOVE to be a professor - but I am about to turn 29, and I don't know if I should just find other work that appeals to me more, or go into the PhD program. I look for jobs often, but it is hard to find ones that sound appealing to me and still earn a decent wage. My background is in Economics, and although I like Sociology and it sounds the most "fun" and critical, I don't know how the job prospects are. With that said, I am sure a PhD from Brown will go far. And I'm a hard worker and have very global interests in Sociology, which I feel like is the future of the field. Also, I would take a lot of quantitative courses, and maybe get a MA in Economics while I'm there. If I do the PhD, I would love to get a professorship in Europe and relocate there permanently. Don't know how possible that is? Overall, I'd say I'm very confused. And could definitely use any input anyone has!!
  17. Are you in your field?

    So, you've graduated! Now what, indeed?! Did you land in your field upon leaving? What degree level do you hold? Will you go back for more? If you are not in your field, do you like where you are, or will you keep working to get in to your field? How's the pay?
  18. Hi, I applied for MA in anthropology of development at SOAS, Sussex and Cambridge (MPhil in Social anthropology for Cambridge). I got offers from Sussex and SOAS, and waiting for the result from Cambridge. If given an offer for Cambridge, I would still be at a loss which one to pick out of those 3 school; I lack info, because I am Japanese and cannot go see the school and students there. In order to decide which school, I need to know: where are past MA students of SOAS (anthro of development) now and what do they do? Many of Sussex's past students are working as development practitioners, as the school's website lets know. Cambridge, on the other hand, I believe many of its past students (more than Sussex at least) are doing extended research. What about SOAS?? What do many of past students from SOAS's Anthro of Development do after completing the programme? And if you know the answer to the same question concerning Cambridge, it would be a great help for me too. Can anyone please help me? I would really appreciate it. Many thanks in advance. Takanari (I posted before and apparently no one had an answer... so I decided to ask a different question.)
  19. Job posting

    So I was accepted to a program in the UK but the commission I interned with in the past just posted an opening that would be perfect for me (in the area of museums I love even, with my internship supervisor) the problem is their minimum requirement is a bit above me (already BA with 1 yr experience but I'll graduate in early May and have just shy of a year experience all combined). I was thinking of emailing her (in response to the direct email she sent me and other previous interns with the announcement) saying it sounds interesting, I'm think I'm under qualified but I wanted to let you know I got into such-and-such program and thank you for writing the LoR. Should I even mention the job when I email her thanking her for writing the LoR/updating her on my acceptance? It would be a kind of long shot to be hired anyway since she also posted this on a national list-serv and I know people with MAs and years more experience will apply. (I guess this fits in decision section? if this belongs somewhere else please let me know)
  20. I am looking for the biggest conference in earth and atmospheric science. I am formerly a student in physics, and I have some interest to do ph.d in this field. However I fear there is not as much as math in applied mathematics or physics, or that employment opportunity is going to be very limited after graduate school. Can you give me suggestions?
  21. Jobs for MDivs?

    Hi everyone: As of last month I'm graduated with my MDiv--however, my vocational plans (as they are wont to do) got switched around a bit. I went to div school thinking I wanted to do PhD work and then got bitten by the ministry bug. This final year--after much discernment--I decided that I felt called to the Episcopal Church (instead of the UMC in which I grew up) and am in the confirmation process. This means that I will probably need to get a Certificate in Anglican Studies to place me on the ordination track. I'm thus looking for a job that can pay rent and put food on the table until I complete confirmation and get a glowing enough recommendation from my clergy to advance me into this certificate program. I have not had much luck thus far, despite that my degree comes from a top-ranked university in my field. Likely because a lot of my experience is in the area of LGBTQ rights and my degree is in ministry. I also have experience as an administrative assistant, working in a library and as a chaplain. Any thoughts or advice? Should I look for jobs on campus at my old university? What jobs can I make an MDiv look suited for? Are there any websites that are more helpful than others with job listings? I'm starting to feel the financial pull because--since I graduated in December--I'm on a month-to-month payment plan at my apartment complex and it is blood-pressure-raisingly expensive. You have no idea how grateful I am for whatever help you can provide.
  22. Job Prospects / Suggestions

    Hey, guys. I've recently applied to some MA programs here in Canada and I'm excited to start my research if I'm accepted. My plan has been to eventually do a PhD in history, but after reading all the statistics and sob-stories online (not here at grad cafe, just online) and speaking with some of the staff at my university, I'm starting to reconsider this. I'm very passionate about history and I want to build a career out of it, but I also want to have a job stable enough and salary high enough to start a family near my thirties (I'm 22). I was wondering if anybody could suggest some career paths for someone with my interests. My field is the history of democracy and republicanism, meaning I specialize in political and intellectual history. My MA research will involve the development of republican thought in early modern Europe, though I have also explored republicanism and democracy up to the present, as well as in the classical world. I think it's a very relevant and important field and was hoping to use my expertise to address modern issues in democratic statecraft, in both developed and developing countries. I have also looked into some areas of democracy promotion. It's admittedly a wishy-washy dream job, but I'm very interested in it. I was hoping that being a professor could allow me to inspire a new generation of students to better understand their representative governments, how the concepts they take for granted came to be, and how they can solve problems related to republican thought. I have plenty of transferable skills and experience: I have lived abroad for one year, have a good knowledge of nearly three additional languages, participated in my university's foreign affairs society and model UN, tutored students in academic writing, have been published in an undergraduate journal, and have received an award for one of my other essays. Unfortunately, the job market for History PhDs, especially those interested in intellectual history and European history, seems to be shrinking and shows no signs of picking up again. I've read stories about history scholars searching for many years for a permanent teaching position, making meagre pay, and shouldering large graduate school debts. By the way, I don't want to offend anybody on this forum who is pursuing a PhD or has already obtained one. If it's something you're passionate about, it's always worth it. But as I said, for my purposes, I want to live somewhere stable and raise a family, and this really concerns me. Therefore, I've looked at several more professional paths I could take after completing my MA. The first is pursuing a career in international law. I'm aware this would still mean some relocation, but it could allow me to play an active role in helping people around the world get access to democratic rights. Whether this is a viable path will depend on my LSAT score and performance if accepted, but that's another story. I've also considered some kind of government job, but I don't specialize in Canadian history specifically. I'm not entirely tethered to Europe; I've studied American political history as well as some Middle Eastern and Latin American history. I'm really just interested in the origins and development of modern democratic republics and how we can improve them. My third possible career path - and believe me, it was very hard to come to this - is technical writing. I have relevant experience and education, it generally pays well and it's a moderately secure career. But I wouldn't be doing what I enjoy most - this is really the fall-back position. If I end up doing this, I could study history on the side, as a hobby. I'm not sure if History MA's are generally able to publish books or articles, but it would be nice if I could still contribute to the historical community on the side. So, I really have a two questions: - If I were to go through with the PhD option, are there any ways I could significantly increase my chances of employment at a university? - Can you suggest any careers or organizations for someone with my particular interests (e.g. in democracy promotion, democratic law, politics, etc.)?
  23. Hey guys, this is my first time posting here at thegradcafe and I am in dire need of advice. I currently attend UC San Diego and am in my 4th and final year in the Bioengineering: Bioengineering program but my cumulative GPA is seriously lacking at around a 2.9-3.0. My GRE scores are not finalized yet since I took the new GRE but the ranges for my scores were Q:750-800, V: 600-700. Should I even be considering graduate school, and if so, what sort of recommendations do you guys have for schools that I should be aiming for. The only thing I may have going for me is my research experience and letters of recommendation. I have been working actively for more than a year now at the UCSD Microhemodynamics Lab although I have not been part of any publications. In terms of letters, I have 2 very strong letters and 1 average letter from different faculty members of the Bioengineering Department. Do you guys think I should be reconsidering my goals? Should I maybe try and apply next year instead for Fall 2013 after trying my best to increase my GPA? Or do you guys think I should start considering going straight into industry? Are the schools in the top 20 completely out of reach for me realistically? I know I shouldn't give up hope, but I am in serious need of some advice. Thanks for your time!
  24. Just hoping to get some feedback from current students and applicants. I graduated with a BS (bio major) in 2010 and since have been working full time while "figuring out" what I want to do next. I've always been an inquisitive person and have been working in a lab environment for over 4 years now, one of which was spent at the NIH. I am currently in the process of applying to grad school (interdisciplinary bio PhD programs), and feel that I have a strong application, but my heart still isn't set on it. A PhD just seems like such a long, grueling ordeal from all of the horror stories that I have heard, but I feel that unless I want to spend my entire career as a tech performing menial benchwork, it's my only option. I don't think I want to become a PI or go the academia route, so I guess a PhD isn't "necessary," but I think that I'm quickly approaching a glass ceiling with just my BS. I'm not even sure that I want to be at the bench forever. Anyone have any thoughts to share? What are my options without a PhD? What other doors will I open with a PhD outside of research?
  25. Sorry, please delete

    I posted this in the wrong forum. Mods, could you please delete this.