Donnchadha: Academics don't have that luxury. In most fields, it's considered a bad career move to stay at an institution when climbing the educational ladder -- you shouldn't attend the same school for grad school as undergrad, or for your postdoc as your grad school, or get a assistant professor position at your postdoc institution. By the end of it, you should be able to establish yourself as an academic independent of your previous advisors. This means you're going to have to move -- most likely across state lines. At the very least, you should assume that if your current job is in X city, your next job will not be in X city. You MUST relocate when accepting a new job.
Felgraf: Which is really, really frustrating, because I really, really have fallen in love with my grad school institution. Or, rather, the area surrounding it.
Donnchadha: I did the same thing with my postdoc. I would love to move back to that city/state, but at the same time I was burnt out and in desperate need of a new job by the end of it. Unfortunately, there really aren't any other good schools in that area... it's the one I was at or tiny liberal arts with no research facilities at all.
Felgraf: Donnchadha: I did the same thing with my postdoc. I would love to move back to that city/state, but at the same time I was burnt out and in desperate need of a new job by the end of it. Unfortunately, there really aren't any other good schools in that area... it's the one I was at or tiny liberal arts with no research facilities at all.I'd actually be OK with little in the way of research facilities, if only because I've discovered I'm apparently *really good* at teaching, and can sort of figure out the flaws in some teacher's methods pretty quickly?/For instance, you need to teach intro physics to Engineers differently than you would to physicists, just like you teach mathematics slightly differently to physicisicists than to mathematicians. In an intro physics class, I don't *need* a 10 page proof for why spherical integration is r^2 sin(theta) dr dtheta dphi. Indeed, it's not necessarily even *helpful*. The 'cheaty' explanation of 'shrink this down really small, and it's approximately a cube, with one side of dr, one side of r sin(theta) dphi, and one side r dtheta' suffices for intro physics.
Uisce Beatha: Or those in the academic field just don't see it in the other professions.
eiger: I know it's not always possible, but a good rule of thumb as an academic is to steer clear of other academics for romantic entanglements. Marry a professional with a portable skill, It know it's a cold blooded way to look at it, but otherwise you're setting yourself up for a lot of problems.
Donnchadha: I did say "often" not "always"
Donnchadha: Are you going to move back [home]?"
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