ferthepoet Posted October 23, 2011 Share Posted October 23, 2011 Hi all this is sort of a vent, but I'm doing a Ph.D in law in Australia, and my desire is to become a university professor here or in another first world country, but I don't know how realistic that is, my specialty is international human rights law, and I'm also very qualified in international law in general but only have two years work experience in a general practice firm back home (panama a small country in latin america) and a few publications back home but none in one of those "respected journals" from first world countries..... I'm only 6 months in and the research work is going well but all I heard is how you need publications, grants, teaching experience ect if you want to be hired in an academic position and I don't have any of that, not sure how I can get it either. Moreover they all say you should be able to teach first year courses since you are not likely to start teaching international human rights law in a postgrad program fresh out of your phd but unfortunately Im not qualified to teach first year courses as those are all domestic law courses. I am very depressed (for a variety of reasons) , could not find a job back home so the dream of being a professor and thinking at least some income from scholarship was better than nothing make me decide to take the Ph.D, but now I dunno if I should drop it and go back home and deal with reality, a Ph.D I feel is an academic degree with no worth in the private sector, so probably the more time I spend out of "real" work the harder it would be for me to go back to me... Its sad because Im really enjoying the research but I don't know whats the point of doing it if there is no chance of landing an academic job afterwards Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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