Recently, I heard from a friend working on his dissertation. Last I heard from him was several months ago. At that time he was excited because he submitted his prospectus. An approved prospectus means that you can officially start your dissertation.
I recently moved to a new job, and thought about the whole transition process. Part of that process includes planning, reaching out, and asking for help. But a bigger part of transitioning is doing the hard work. That means to be your own advocate, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, and close the deal.
In thinking about all this, a woman from my last job said she also wanted to make a change. I helped her with online resources to update her computer skills, writing, organizational, and overall administrative skills. From there, it was up to her.
Spring is in the air, pollen is flying and graduation is in bloom. This week many universities are in graduation or commencement mode. It feels great to finish your program, get out of school and start a new life. But now what??? Dr. Patti Mason and I are two years out of finishing our doctorate. Here’s a look at some realities for new graduates and where Dr. Patti and I are in 2017…
Education is something in life that is very personal. Well, sort of. Sometimes we have a burning passion to do something in the world, something that may or may not require a formal education. For example veterinarians, psychiatrists, or nurse midwives need special training. But many of us fall into careers that don’t need a formal education. Life experience is an education in itself and school is not for everyone…
There’s a Chinese saying that goes: If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation. Dr. Patti and I call this paying it forward. As scholars, social entrepreneurs, and educators, we feel obligated to give back. It’s interesting that the realization to use education to give back didn’t really materialize until graduate school.
Selective hearing is a human trait – we hear what we want to hear. So when it comes to getting feedback on your dissertation, it can feel like a personal attack. Feedback is a double-edge sword of the good and bad. But when we hear the negatives, that’s all we hear. And we tend to block out the positives.
As you know, Dr. Patti and I recently completed our doctoral programs. While we believe the world is our oyster, we also are realists about career options. We are looking into new and creative ways to use our education.
If you are like us, you want to have choices or flexibility in your career plans. You can find ways to be a researcher, social entrepreneur, teacher and find work that your truly enjoy.