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  1. This is a frustrated rant: Academics keep saying that graduate students and faculty need to show "academic productivity". Well, what on earth does "academic productivity" even mean? What is the benchmark? *orange turtle wobbles off with her heavy shell while foaming at the mouth* I know it is different for different fields. Forget other fields, I can't even figure out my own! Gah! *orange turtle buries her head inside her heavy shell still foaming at the mouth* 2 hours later: *orange turtle falls asleep inside shell; it is cosy in here*
  2. Hi all, Wondering if any of you have input/advice about my current situation, especially those of you who may have switched programs at some point in time: I'm currently in the Organizational Change Management program at The New School. The program focuses on organization development; it's not quite I chose the program because it seemed like a unique and innovative approach to organization development and management, and I liked The New School's values. I'm only 9 credits away from completing my degree, after this semester. It's heavily consulting-oriented which I find interesting. However, I've been profoundly disappointed with the overall quality and rigor of the program. Most of the professors I've had have not updated their curricula since the 90's, and are still using articles and books from the 70's about topics like data collection and management. I mean seriously. I understand the importance gaining a foundation in the classics/founders of the field of organization development, but so much has changed since then, I feel like I'm being significantly shortchanged by this curriculum. I've brought this up in multiple classes and am met with defensiveness and closed-mindedness from the professors, and advice about doing my own research and finding my own materials. Willing to do this of course, but I feel like the main curriculum is actively obstructing my learning. This isn't what I had in mind when I enrolled. For context, here is the curriculum: http://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/ms-organizational-change-management-degree-requirements/ So, I feel this is my last chance to switch gears, if that's what I decide to do. I've been seriously considering Columbia's social-organizational psychology master's, which I get the impression is more current and rigorous than my current program. My main trepidation, of course, is whether it is worth it to switch gears this late in the game. It looks like I'll be able to transfer some credits, but obviously not all. So, I need to decide if it's worth it to pay more money and spend even more time in school when I'm so close to a degree, however dissatisfied I am with it. I'm considering switching for several reasons: 1) I want a more academically rigorous environment (I do not feel challenged at The New School) 2) I want a degree from a well-respected school in a recognizable field (nobody knows what organizational change management means) 3) My head is going to explode if I have to stay in the same classroom as these dinosaurs for another semester. But, are these good enough reasons to switch? I don't know. Only I can make that decision. But I could use advice from anyone who has ever been in a similar situation. Did you stick with your program? Switch? Happy/sad with your decision? Thanks for any input, I'm pretty lost.
  3. Hello, I am in my second year of PhD but technically have been working on my real project for just one year. It is mandatory in my school to finish coursework in the first one year. So before moving abroad for my PhD I was supposed to join a particular lab but after joining the program I realized that the project I was told I will join has been discontinued. Left with very less options to choose from, I decided to join another lab. My professor seemed to be a nice person in the beginning but eventually I found out that she is very disorganized and fickle minded. The postdoc who works in her lab is very short-tempered but helpful when she is in a good mood. She is an experienced person and has taught me a lot but my professor doesn't like it if I consult with her about any experiment. My professor's disorganized nature makes her change plans and her decisions like sand dunes. This throws me off my timeline and goals and is delaying my progress. Half way through the experiment she asks me to stop everything. For the last one year I tried various means to adapt to her whimsical and fickle minded nature and even tried to tell her directly and indirectly that I find it hard to focus without a clear goal. I did not have the liberty to choose my project, nor to come up with a self-designed plan for the topic I was given. After designing a certain hypothesis for 2 months, I was told to follow what the previous grad student had done with some additions here and there. Whatever I suggest during our lab meeting is outright rejected by the post doc and my professor. I feel there is no freedom of suggesting things or deciding my course of action. If I ever design an experiment she doesn't even take a look at it. This is not letting me develop the skills that I need to learn in grad school. There is too much of micromanagement with respect to time and work and it is suffocating me. After working 7 days (roughly 9-7 per day) a week for 5 weeks, she tells me I need to spend more time in lab. I am expected to be inside the lab for strict number of hours each day. If I ever fall sick and need to take leave, I am interrogated thoroughly the next day. This suspicious attitude of my professor can be attributed to her cultural background. Things seem to work that way in her country. But it is getting on my nerves. I feel so depressed and disinterested every time I think about my work. I have 3 to 3.5 years left to complete my PhD. I am wondering if switching to a different lab will be a better option. Kindly suggest. I really need help to get out of this frustrating situation.
  4. This is my first post. I found The Grad Cafe by searching Google for topics pertaining to graduate programs that do not require the GRE (to which I was directed to the following topic): And I must say that I was very intrigued. However, given my current difficult situation I am now somewhat more concerned and/or perplexed as to how deep this rabbit hole I currently seem to be in is going. But before anyone gets too confused by my own confusion let me explain my situation (and I apologize in advance for being long winded). I have a BA in philosophy, currently work 2 jobs (7 days/week; it just turned out that way and I can't afford to quit one of them b/c then I wouldn't be able to make ends meet), and I want to go back to school to do some sort of advanced education. Now originally, my goal was to do graduate work in philosophy (this was my plan while in undergrad). However, I did my undergrad online at the University of Illinois and at the time I didn't know that grad school required the GRE, that there are no online philosophy programs, that philosophy professor jobs are few and far between (very competitive), and that if I was accepted into a program somewhere I would likely get stuck in adjunct faculty forever (at least this is my current belief - correct my if you believe I'm off the mark). So I became discouraged. These discoveries lead me to question of changing majors (I currently work part time for a grant funded program at a JC and have thought about counseling or psych). But then that line of thinking opened up an entirely new Pandora's box. Master's degrees often require the applicant to have taken the prerequisite courses in order to even apply (such as switching from philosophy to psychology) and if I have to take pre-reqs it would likely take me 3-4 years just to do so, in order to start applying for Master's programs that are different than my current discipline (since I'm trying to support myself and keep my current $55k debt in good standing while keeping a roof over my head). But in doing some of this research I also discovered that some Masters programs don't require the GRE. In thinking about the potential of applying to one, or more, of these programs I have now opened up yet another Pandora's box (a box inside of a box inside of a box, it seems) b/c I am now faced with the question of where I want to wind up. That is, what major am I going to switch to and why am I switching to that major? What job will I be hoping to get after switching majors? Is that path reasonable? Is that job one that I will be happy with? What majors should I even consider and why? What will that life look like? [I was a small business owner for many years and, in a way, all of this future decision making is super stressful]. Anyways, these are really such huge life questions and I'm not expecting any ground-breaking answers (though that would be nice) but right now I'm faced with not knowing where to turn. I feel like I need help from a counselor of some kind. Someone who knows all the ins-and-outs of online programs and who could guide me in a general direction given my current needs. I should mention that right now I am on an income based repayment plan for my student loans, and I fear that as soon as I do my taxes for 2015 the DOE is going to start sending me a bill every month (this is not to mention the fact that I really need to get out of working these two jobs but feel totally stuck). My ideal situation would be to quit one of my jobs, work the better one part-time while doing an online program somewhere (since I can't really see how doing an in person program would be cost effective for me; How could I afford to move/live etc?). So my questions to the forum are the following: 1. If you can relate in any way what advice do you have? 2. Does the GRE really matter that much in terms of finding a good job? 3. What non-GRE online schools are good, if any? 4. As I don't really know what career I should head toward now, what should I do? I feel like I'm in a very stuck place. I had a career, the economy crashed, I bounced around from low paying job to lowing paying job, and I now need to make an important decision that will set me up for years to come. In short, I'm stressed out! And I don't really know where to turn. If anyone can help I would be immensely grateful. median p.s. - The career options I have been keeping on the table are ones that pertain to philosophy, teaching/education, counseling, social work, or educational counseling. However, I'm still undecided at this point since so many times one cannot know if they really want to have a specific career until they have the facts about what that career looks like from the inside (day to day, etc). I guess in general I just need help finding my way.
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