Nine 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.
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)
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