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"Going on the Market...and What Comes Before" by Joy Connolly

GOING ON THE MARKET...AND WHAT COMES BEFORE: AN AFFABLE GUIDE TO GAINING A PhD IN CLASSICS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES

Joy Connolly, The Graduate Center, CUNY

(Updated December 2018)

Like death and taxes, the academic market looms, an inevitable and (for many) an ominous prospect. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize its agonies. This booklet works on the premise that there is comfort simply in getting a grip on what gaining a PhD involves, including how to seek a job inside or outside academia once the dissertation is complete.  For readers still at the early stages of graduate school, it offers a few words on how best to position yourself for employment in the years leading up to the job hunt. For job-hunters on the academic market, application deadlines begin in late September and end with the late-breaking or “second-pass” openings in March and April, so start your preparation for the market at least twelve to fourteen months before you anticipate graduating, and reserve plenty of time in the summer before your last year in graduate school to polish your file. While it’s never too early to prepare yourself to look for work outside academia, these jobs are best applied for starting three to four months before you graduate, at the point when you will have likely finished the first full draft of the dissertation and are doing the final polishing.  Here are the necessary steps, starting with Year 1.

(Copyright: Joy Connolly, CC BY-SA 4.0)


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