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(Forever a Science)   Old and busted: The two body problem as it pertains to planets. New hotness: The two body problem as it pertains to relationships in academia   ( divider line
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2144 clicks; posted to Geek » on 05 Feb 2013 at 11:25 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-05 11:10:30 AM  
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Hardly "new hotness".

Having just gone through the whole job search thing (and trying to coordinate the two-body problem), it occurred to me why this is such a strange idea to people outside the academic work force.

If you're not academic, did you do a nationwide search for a job when the time came? If you had the "second body" to consider, did that limit your search? Did you ever think "I need to find a job in X city"?

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.

It's very easy to solve the two body problem when relocation is not an issue or is negotiable within the relationship, and the idea of non-negotiable relocation is often a foreign concept to those outside the academic field.
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