The academic year typically starts with resolutions. Many of my colleagues say that they do not make resolutions, but everyone takes stock and makes plans and for that purpose Co-Pierre (you should read his blog too) shared a good piece with career advice from The Chronicle.
It says a lot of things that we all know, but that we need to keep reminding ourselves to do:
- Put your family first.
- Make your health a close second.
- Save some money.
- If you are in the wrong place, get out.
- Stay away from jerks.
- If you are not having fun, something is wrong.
- Be true to yourself.
- Don’t tie up too much of your self-esteem in someone else’s evaluation of your work.
- Take stock periodically.
- Have a hobby. See the world. Or both.
- Help others.
There are lots of good bits, but I take this part to heart:
… most of us go into academe because of intellectual passion for a subject or for teaching. It’s a place where we can enjoy our work and make a decent living doing it. If you’re not having fun, then ask yourself: Why not? What can you do to make the job more enjoyable? Do you need a new course to teach, a new area of research, a new type of student, a new avenue of community outreach?
I think that one of the best parts of an academic job is the freedom to make your resolutions and plans, but you have to remember to make it fun.