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3.0 out of 5 stars Limited but useful, December 30, 2011
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This is a helpful book, no doubt, but it's not life-changing. The advice is not exactly practical but I think it's good (to read, maybe not to follow) if you don't know much about the *culture* of higher education and want to see what you're getting yourself into, haha. I had many, "I didn't know that was expected of me" moments in reading this. If anything, I recommend reading it with the same critical eye you use for your other grad school texts.

I appreciate that the authors are frank and that the book doesn't have a narrative format. The last thing I need to do is make time to read another book cover-to-cover--the topical chapters and numbered "hints" make this easy to read, leisurely, and still helpful.

Unfortunately, this book takes the same approach as many other books and assumes that there is a One Right Way to have a successful academic career (and that there is a One Right Person who is capable of such a thing). It's good to know what is expected from the One Right Person, but it's also good to know that all institutions and academics are different.
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Initial post: Apr 7, 2012 11:45:15 PM PDT
Oxford says:
thanks for the comment. then what else would you recommend better for a phd candidate?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2012 11:14:23 AM PDT
Michelle says:
I like _Getting What you Came For_. It's not humorous, but it's full of good information. Also, and I've not read it cover to cover, Boyce's _Advice for New Faculty_. It's not really geared toward grad students, but it's really helpful to get a feel for what you can do now in order to prepare you for what you'll need to do once you hit the market in 3-4 years.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2012 1:54:22 PM PDT
Oxford says:
Thank you so much.
It seems like that's what I want. I am getting them now instead. Thanks.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 2:06:40 AM PDT
Pedro Medina says:
Awesome review, Michelle, thanks!
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