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  1. Some history grad programs list recent years' PhD graduates and what jobs they've ended up in. Is there an easier way to find out which history graduate programs have the best tenure-track job placement rates? Any sort of list or database that compiles this information?
  2. Hi, I am an undergraduate student who attends a decent public university and has a good enough GPA & LSAT score to get into a top law school at my state. I am in a fortunate enough position to not be concerned with how much money I make as long as I make above $40k (as a freelance tutor, I've been making decent amount without much time commitment). I like and am good at writing, reading, speaking, analyzing, teaching, and presenting/defending arguments. Coming from a teaching background, I know that I would love to be a Philosophy professor as well as tackle the challenging process of becoming one. Another aspect of being a professor that appeals to me is not having to be in a service sector where I may experience a lot of stress due to my clients. The only thing that shies me away from this career path is the dismal job prospect, which is between 4~15% for receiving a tenured-track position. Compounding this issue is the fact that I do not want to leave my home city, which makes this 4~15% even slimmer. As for pursuing law, I understand that this process is tough and that the job prospect is not high either–although it is better than that of pursuing professorship. So the question is, should I pursue law or becoming a professor? If law, which field should I pursue or avoid and why? I am open to any field as long as it has a reasonable job prospect and does not entail agonizing stress level (i.e. having to deal with unreasonable customers who refuse to pay or put you through mental hell). Thank you for your insight.
  3. Hi All, My adviser recently got tenure (yay!) as a professor in Physics and EE. What do graduate students typically do to help their adviser celebrate? Anecdotes and gift ideas please! Thanks!
  4. Hey Guys, What a wonderful time to be alive! Yet there are many decisions to be made! I have been offered admission by three MA programs: SAIS Washington DC; Fletcher; American University; Georgetown's Security Studies program—though I will hear from them next week, I feel it is in the bag. My predicament is the following. I am a non-American student whose main areas of interest are international relations and international security. I want to devote my life to academia (preferably based at the USA) but that requires a top-notch PhD. The programs I am most interested in are incidentally the most selective: Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Chicago and Yale. My question for Grad Café’s devoted followers is the following: Which of the MA programs I mentioned above would best prepare me for the PhDs admissions I mentioned beneath? By now, I have realized that American admission committee’s do not focus exclusively on one item on the applicant’s CV. But since I want to walk the road towards tenure, my academic credentials will carry significant weight both for my PhD admission and my career. I might be too picky, but I am troubled with the following observations: - SAIS might be considered too policy- or economics-centered. - I have the feeling that American U is sometimes held as a step beneath or not “prestigious enough”. - Does Georgetown’s Security Studies program carry the same reputation as the MSFS/Foreign Service? What do you guys think?
  5. 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!!
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