Academia

Resolutions and advice

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.

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