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Six years ago, I was lost and not passionate about anything outside of academia. I had just graduated with a MA in English, was supposed to finish my PhD and had a scholarship waiting, but my eyes had also started to open about the chances of a career in academia.
With $1200 in my account (my last graduate fellowship stipend), I left academia. I mowed laws, I wrote this blog, and eventually I found my path. Now, I work full-time as a digital marketer in a global software company. I also consult companies and earn a good wage.
I wanted this blog to capture the entire transition—from being lost to finding my place and career.
These articles will show you the entire journey.
As you look backwards with me, I think you’ll also recognize that my transition from a lost humanities major to a sell out, also holds some helpful insights to help you on your own journey.
It’s April. I’m Fucked.
The journey began here.
“I’m fucked. It’s April. I’ve spent 7 years studying modern poetry. Now, I have to try to find a job in the real world outside of fellowships, conference papers, and the grinding fear of not having a paper published.”
The actual start of my journey from lost grad student to employed in a field I love. My first step outside in April, the cruelest month for humanities majors.
And then the winter of discontent.
Going from Grad Student to Careerist
These articles will help you through the emotional costs of leaving academia and rediscovering a new passion.
My Best Career Advice for Humanities Majors
I wanted this blog to be a place where I recorded every mistake I made in searching for a career with my advanced degree so that your own transition was faster. I’ve interviewed PhDs who found successful careers, read career books, made mistakes, and slowly realized that humanities majors make some pretty predictable mistakes.
Hundreds of readers have contacted me and said the following articles helped them. These are the most helpful articles on this site and are all based on experience, not generic advice from a career counsellor.
How-to guides (cover letters, finding job postings)
You’ll also need some tools on your journey.
My personal favourite posts
These are posts are bits of writing I’m proud of. They are mostly career advice.