Claim: all the words in “...” are from the original book.
The goal of graduate school is more than the dessertation. More things are required to get myself a job. This includes some other skills preparation other than just how to write a paper and some knowledge of fields and economics. (Of course that is the always the core. I come here to play with economics!)
The author would discuss some preparation. I would also need to continue to encourage my advisor to give me more advise from every aspect. (I mean to use all of him...) Always remember the goal of graduate school: find a job so that could assist me to become a real economist, in that sense, I mean, tenure track and in a place full of wonderful economists as collegues.
1. Wrong beliefs of graduate student
(1) do not just focus on the dessertation.
(2) focus on the things that cannot get a candidate short-listed
(3) we can always work as ajuncts to teach. (NO!! It will not help. Once get into this, you simply cannot get out anymore. The same thing as industry. Do not consider industry before becoming famous.)
(4) relie on the advisor. (Remember they get paid no matter you are employed or not! Think for yourself.)
(5) prepare everything in the last year. (Should begin to have a plan now and update it. Keep an eye on the academic jobs and non-academic positions from early years.)
2. Stop acting like a graduate student!
The search committee is looking for a colleague not a graduate student.
These are the actions of graduate students that we need to stop.
(1) stop always talking about the dissertation.“Remember: Search committees don’t want to know about your dissertation beyond proof that you wrote one and that it’s (soon to be) finished and defended. What they want to know is how that dissertation accomplishes specific goals that serve the hiring department: that is, how it produces refereed publications, intervenes in a major scholarly debate, wins grants and awards, translates into dynamic teaching, transforms quickly into a book (if you’re in a book field), and inspires a viable second project.”-professor is in.
So when preparing the talk, we need to focus on the potential things they would be interested in. That is trying to convince them they need me and I am a perfect choice, better than others.
I need to keep an eye on the advertisements and insider information to make sure that I do the correct selling.“In interview situations, learn to talk about your dissertation in short, punchy bursts, no more than a few sentences at a time. This gives your interlocutor the chance to say, “How interesting! Tell us more about that.” To which you respond in another short, punchy burst. Please recall that interviews are dialogues. They are not monologues.”-Professor is in.
Here, as mentioned by the professor I met last time, the goal is to make those not in your field interested. That is, a good and interesting story.
(2) should always say good words about the phd program.
How you talk about your phd program is going to be how you talk about the program you work for. Stay positive is always likable and important. BTW, stop conspiracy.
(3) stop acting like a drama queen: tales of victims
Do not talk about how people hate you and acting like a victim. The comments are all about your work, bad comments means not good enough work. So leave everything to being professional. (Think about Feynman: I only focus on the physics)
(4) stop repeating about main points.“Search committees are looking for a colleague who might be fun to talk to. What that means is someone who is confident that their topic is sound, who gives a reasonable amount of evidence for the topic, and who can show its importance to major debates in the scholarly field. And then who can talk about something else that is actually interesting.”
Treat people as I want to be treated as. I myself cannot stand a person keeps talking about his work and prefer people who are confident and funny.
(5) stop making excuses.“You are the expert. You are in command. Perhaps you haven’t taught the intro course before—that matters not. You prepare, so that you can speak about how you will. When speaking of your research, reject the temptation to harp on what you “still need to address.” Focus exclusively on what it does achieve. Embrace the positive.”
Acting like a responsible adult. Making excuses cannot change anything, if not doing good, take that responsibility. I understand that the temptation to make excuses are huge, but I really need to change about this.
(6) do not wait on permissions
Do not ask whether you could apply for publication, grants, awards, go to conferences or apply for a job. Apply for a job as long as you meet the minimum standards.
(7) stop being submissive“Graduate students tend to display the classic signs of submission—tilted head (ref: your puppy), bowed shoulders, tightly crossed legs, weak and vague hand gestures, a tentative, questioning tone. You have a wimpy, cold fish handshake. You avoid direct eye contact. You mumble and mutter and talk too fast, and, above all, you ramble in an unfocused and evasive way. You will often either smile and laugh too much, or conversely be grimly humorless (a sense of humor being one of the first casualties of the graduate school experience).”“Make direct eye contact. Do not, under any circumstances, fuss with your hair, clothes, or jewelry. Speak in a firm, level tone. Women, speak in a lower register if you can—for better or worse, lower tones are the tones of authority. Smile in a friendly way at the beginning and end, but not too much while you’re talking about your work. If a joke arises naturally in the conversation, of course run with it. Search committees love a sense of humor, when it’s displayed in the course of smart collegial repartee. But in general your work is important and deserves a serious delivery.”“You must square your shoulders, straighten your back, lift your chin, and loosen your elbows. Take up all the space in the chair. You can do this even if you are a small woman because it’s in the body language.”“Shake it firmly. Really squeeze! Outstretch your arm, grip their hand with all your fingers and thumb, look them firmly in the eye, smile in a friendly, open way, and give that hand a nice, firm shake.”
3. Important characteristics of a successful candidate
“These will include major publications such as a signed book contract (if you’re in a book field), and/or refereed journal articles, national and international grants, high-profile yearly conference activity, invited off-campus talks, substantive solo-teaching experience, and illustrious scholars writing your recommendations.”
“professionally presented. This encompasses the wording and organization of your job documents, your verbal self-presentation, your body language, your appearance, and your grasp of the cultural norms of behavior and status in the academy.”
Notice that one challenge is the cultural one and how to involve into the male professors’ talks like football or stock market. It would be challenging for a Chinese woman.
Not a subordinate to my advisor.
“You will create connections with scholars in your field, beyond your dissertation committee. You will make yourself known as an up-and-coming scholar in your field, and ideally have a reference letter from a well-known scholar located outside your Ph.D. institution.”
This would be important. While to achieve this, I would need to spend time getting to know who is powerful in each field, spend time reading the paper and understand them. In conference, I need to be able to recognize them and be brave enough and with enough ideas to talk to them.
Remember, nobody likes to only give. I need to be able to give back to the famous economist. This is an experience gained from my recommender who wrote me letter for he could learn from me. This would require a lot, both work and intelligence.
Be a lovable colleague!
“The five-year plan is a month-by-month grid that includes:
• Specific writing projects with deadlines for completion, submission, and revision
• Graduate program deadlines for exams, proposals, and defense
• Major conferences with deadlines for submission of abstracts and proposals
• Job market deadlines
• Major funding deadlines, including both small grants to support short research trips, and large grants to fund dissertation fieldwork
• Networking goals, including reminders to get in touch with editors about publishing, or to meet up with people at conferences
• Teaching timelines
• Submission dates for awards and honors”
These require some search and plan. I would do this plan soon and communicate with the professors to see how to change and improve. I need to save money for conference now!! Most of them (no paper submission) I guess I need to finance myself.
Of course, I cannot plan everything ahead. Thus, I need to plan for the most important conferences now and then add each conference when I heard about them. I am excited to talk to professor after the autumn break.
4. Build up a competitive record
(1) Early in Graduate school
“Stay alert with your eye always poised for the next opportunity, whatever it is: to present a paper, attend a conference, meet a scholar in your field, forge a connection, gain a professional skill.”
“In year one and every year thereafter, read the job ads in your field, and track the predominant and emerging emphases of the listed jobs. Ask yourself how you can incorporate those into your own project, directly or indirectly. You don’t have to slavishly follow trends, but you have to be familiar with them and be prepared to relate your own work to them in some way.”
I need to begin to read the ads soon! Maybe it would be a good chance to learn from the TAs (Ben looks nice.)
“Make strong connections with your advisor and other faculty members in your department, and in affiliated departments. Interact with them as a young professional, confidently.”
Oh, even affiliated departments! That is true!! As I need to do Macro, I think business school is also needed.
Young professional, hmm, the key is how to define myself. Always remember myself as a young professional!! Start from now! I am not just a student! Even though my idea might be stupid, say it out, nobody remembers stupid questions, can only remember good ones.
“Be aware that faculty members in a variety of departments will be able to direct you to different grant sources”
Importance of widely search. I did terribly wrong with Dan, but it would be fine. I think I could talk a little bit with Lee.
“Search mentors widely, academic, but also emotional, logistical, financial, and so forth.”
Encourage them to offer me advice on all kinds of issues. Ask then they can give. Do not expect they can know what you need before you ask!!
“Attend every job talk in your department and affiliated departments religiously. It matters not if those talks are in your field or subfield. Go to them all. Job talks and other job-search opportunities”
“such as attending a lunch with a candidate, serving on a search committee, or simply examining an applicant’s CV and file are the best training you can provide yourself on the real operations of the tenure track job market, as opposed to your private and often delusional assumptions.”
Everything can be my teacher. But critically think about which to learn which to drop.
“Attend national conferences annually. It’s fine to also go to local and regional conferences, but they must never take the place of your national conference, which provides irreplaceable insight into trends in your field, the ethos and habitus of your discipline, and the behavioral norms of professional scholars. It also presents the opportunity to network and to attend seminars dedicated to professional skills such as writing grant proposals or journal articles.”
Insights into the trends!
“Take every opportunity available to present your work publicly.”
Presentation is one of the key skills! Work hard and think what to improve after every practice.
(2) last year of graduate school
From third year, apply to present your paper to annual conference. I suppose we need to try to apply all kinds of conferences.
“In the year before you go on the job market, propose and organize a high-profile panel for your national conference that is made up of up-and-coming assistant professors. Ask a well-known scholar to serve as discussant.”
“At the conference, do not forget to organize a lunch (or dinner or coffee) for the panelists to get to know them better and lay the groundwork for future collaborations and possibly letters of recommendation.”
I do not understand why it requires assistant professors, but I guess because we are at the same pace?
“Cultivate a letter writer who is not from your Ph.D.-granting institution.”
Having all of the recommendation letters from one institution shows weakness in social ability and other academic communication.
“Be the sole instructor of at least one course but not more than three (if you can help it).”
TA job is not a enough substitute for the sole teaching. Let us check later with advisors and other search committees.
“Devote as much time as it takes to writing out brief—and I do mean brief—summaries of your dissertation research, teaching techniques and philosophy, and future publication plans. Practice delivering those brief summaries until they become second nature.”
“Make your application materials absolutely flawless. Take your ego out of the process and ask everyone you know to ruthlessly critique your CV, letter, teaching statement, and research statement. Prioritize the advice you receive from young faculty members who have recently been on the market, and from senior professors who have recently chaired search committees.”