This is a weekly post I do to highlight blogs or bloggers who have inspired me in some way during this week – another car on my imagination train!
As you may or may not know, to make the most of my interest in relationships,to stimulate the research corners of my brain and to give legitimacy to my findings, I have been trying to get into a PhD program for the past two years. I have been turned down from 18 programs in total, both in social work and in social psychology, and I’m bummed.
This week, then I wanted to focus on reasons to be happy that I wasn’t accepted, and I found this blog, 100 Reasons NOT to get a PhD. These reasons in particular resonated with me:
- The number of tenure track teaching positions has decreased significantly. Now, a lot of classes are being taught by adjunct professors, something I remember from my Master’s program. Fortunately, all you need to be an adjunct is a Master’s degree and experience! (At least in social work.) I’ve got that.
- If you are teaching, you’re kind of limited in where you can live.
- This is partly because you get pigeon-holed into your specific research area. I have a lot of research interests, though they all focus on poverty and social forces that reinforce it. Fortunately, I’m still doing research right now, with a co-writer with a PhD. I’m hoping her legitimacy will cover both of us as we try to get publication.
Does anyone else have experience with this? Either applying, rejected, dropped out, completed?
In this year’s Renaissance Faire in Wentzville, Missouri, I am volunteering with the Scottish guild as a storyteller, and while I am committing some stories and fables to memory, I imagine I will have to make some up on the fly. I found a story writing post for teachers to use with their students to help them create stories, and I plan to take advantage of the suggestions.
For those storytellers among you readers, do you have any tips for me? Particularly about making them up?
Even though I’m not going to get my PhD, I still yearn for a career shift – I burned out years ago. I still like working with the homeless, and I like addiction. Moreover, I’m good at it. But I need something different, and I’m looking outside of social work. I’m considering pursuing training and work using GIS to map big data, and this post on learning GIS is helpful.
Are there any GIS users among my readers? Do you have any insight or advice for someone considering it?
What posts or blogs inspired you this week?