Karen and Kel talk about the things that make a problematic advisor: 1) poor boundaries; 2) excessive molding; 3) forgetting humanity, and 4) not managing your overwhelm. The discussion can help advisors do better and help advisees recognize … [Read more...] about Ep. 2:23 “You Will Fail” – On Bad Advisors
Campus visits are hard! Forewarned is forearmed, though, and Karen and Kel continue in the "job market advice" vein and talk about managing the campus visit, mostly focused on zoom challenges, but with insights for in-person visits as well. We cover … [Read more...] about Ep 2.22: The Campus Visit
Recorded before the coup, this episode delves into practical advice about interviewing. Mostly focusing on academic jobs, but with insights for interviews more generally, Karen and Kel remind you: the job search is not about you. It's about the … [Read more...] about Ep. 2.21: How to Interview
Karen and Kel talk white water rafting as metaphor for your job search. In rafting you can't fight the river - it's bigger than you! And you have to find the spaces between the obstacles - like the rocks, branches, eddies, and forks in the river … [Read more...] about Episode 2.20: Navigating the River
We turn to the practical. You have spent years occupying a very narrow space, getting more and more defined by your discipline. In this episode we show you the path out of the academic specific mentality of your skills. Trust us. They are … [Read more...] about Ep. 2.19 A Particular Set of Skills
Part 3 of our Leaving Your Toxic Relationship With the Academy series. Karen and Kel talk about writing a breakup letter with the academy: what would you say? The goal is to move from blame ("you suck!") to how you feel ("I feel really sad about … [Read more...] about Ep. 2.18: Your Breakup Letter With Academia
So many PhDs who didn’t get the job you dreamed of struggle with regret about past decisions, especially the one to do the PhD in the first place, but also choices about programs, or jobs, or sacrifices made along the way. You call them all … [Read more...] about Ep 2.17 Looking Backward/Looking Forward
In this episode we share a 2-part practice from Kel and a saying from Karen's mom, to help you challenge your toxic relationship to the academy and gain clarity about how best to move forward. Kel tells you how to draw a mental map (or a physical … [Read more...] about Episode 2.16: I Hate My Job! Or Do I?
First off, it's our first podcast episode on the new platform and with a new editor, the amazing Stephanie-Blair Watts of Firehouse Visuals in Detroit. Check out Stephanie-Blair's incredible, mind-blowing work in graphic design, photography, … [Read more...] about Episode 2.15 Ready to Stop Digging?
In this episode, the final one we record on the Himalaya platform, we talk about the need for a hard reset in the face of the devastating Fall increase in covid infections and the further collapse of the academic career. A hard reset means on one … [Read more...] about Episode 2.14 – A Hard Reset