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“I’m Glad I Quit My PhD”– 4 Permissions I’ve Learned to Give Myself


Jessica recently wrote to me and shared her story of quitting her PhD and finding career happiness outside of academia. This is a guest post by her. I found her story very interesting and realized that I need to allow myself her 4th permission at least a few times per week. 

It’s hard to say exactly when I stopped wanting the PhD. I’d been ambivalent about grad school throughout my master’s program, feeling depleted by academia’s insistence on fueling its members by a relentless sense of inadequacy. I thought that might go away in a PhD program. It didn’t.

By the end of 2012, I was on-track to becoming a scholar of Russian History. I passed my Qualifying Exam last fall and defended my dissertation proposal to my committee shortly after. I had a fellowship lined up for next fall, which would allow me to spend the next year in Russia completing archival research.

And I didn’t want any of it.

Still, I waited for someone to tell me it was ok that I didn’t want to become a professor anymore. My advisor was incredibly supportive, selflessly encouraging me to leave if I wanted. But it was harder than I expected to just walk away from the career I had already invested five years in.

It took me far too long to understand that ultimately I was the only person who could give myself the following four permissions I needed to change my life:


[Interview] How to become a self-employed PhD

The word Entrepreneur. It probably makes many academics shake. I was always attracted to an academic career because of  lifelong job security, quiet campus hallways, and a comfortable cheque appearing magically every month.

This interview offers advice from a PhD who left the security of tenure and launched her own successful business.


Earn a degree online? YES. And Why Higher Education Will Topple

Fifty years from now there will be only 10 institutions in the whole world that deliver higher education.

Sebastian Thrun, founder of a sky-rocketing digital university 

There is a higher education experiment happening right now that could topple traditional universities. For elite universities, the brand they have built might not be relevant in the near future. And the old stigma of earning a degree online will fade. This article overviews the digital shift in education that goes far beyond ‘offering courses online.’


How to Quit Your Job and Make the First Step to a New Career With Your M.A. or Ph.D.

To find a job with your English degree takes time, especially if you are career searching with a MA or PhD. This is my story about quitting my job and it shows you how aggressive action can help accelerate your ability to find Master’s and PhD jobs. (more…)