- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470960418
- ISBN-13: 978-0470960417
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Overall, this is a useful, practical handbook on academic careers in any specific discipline as well as nonscience fields. Summing Up: Recommended. All students, researchers/faculty, and professionals." (Choice, 1 December 2012)
“The comprehensive overview A Guide to Academiaprovides will be useful to any scientist embarking on a career in academia.” (Science, 8 June 2012)
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On the surface the academic career path seems straightforward, with a logical progression from undergrad to graduate student to postdoc to professor. In reality there are many twists, turns, obstacles and pitfalls that can stand in the way of a successful and rewarding academic career. A Guide to Academia: Getting into and Surviving Grad School, Postdocs, and a Research Job is a practical resource to help students and early
career scientists successfully navigate the ups and downs of academic careers.
A Guide to Academia provides real-life insights and insider tips on everything you didn’t know you needed to know about grad school, postdocs, and academic careers. Chapters give practical and transferable advice on many of the issues you will face in your early academic career from finding an advisor to applying for jobs and giving scientific talks.
Written by a Ph. D. who has traveled down this same career path, and filled with useful real world examples, A Guide to Academia will provide readers with an invaluable head start to their academic career.
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Not simply a self-help list of pointers, this book also takes a serious approach to the difficulties one might face as one transitions between each of these stages, including a realistic appraisal of the number of Ph.D.s being produced and the number of academic jobs for those individuals. This is not to scare a student off, but rather it is to allow them to approach their career with open eyes. That being said, the student who reads and incorporates the advice in this book will be well situated to succeed.
Good scholarship is critical for advancement, and this book will give you advice on positioning yourself in such a way as to maximize your scholarship. Topics such as time management, committee choice, the different kinds of postdocs and how to spend start up are all common areas that people trip up along the journey. The book concludes with a thoughtful and honest discussion about additional difficulties faced by minorities and women in science.
Finally the book includes a wealth of useful appendices that cover topics like C.V.s presentations, start up budgets, chalk talks etc. While each individual will obviously craft their own material, having worked examples from a successful academic will at least present idea of what has worked in the past.
Written in a clear and conversational tone, this book is highly recommended for people at all career stages.
I wish to sincerely thank Professor Chakrabarty for taking time out of his busy schedule to write this book.
The book reads like a friendly conversation with a top-tier professor, it is best read while sipping a cup.
This book can also be described as reading a long string of personal emails from an inspiring and honest professor, it is best read while sipping a cold mug of beer.
In the world of Academia professors do not take time out of their schedule to have a friendly general chat with students about the ins-outs and tricks of the Academic World. Professors do not have time or interest in sitting down for a cup of tea and discussing the map they have drawn of the Land of Academia. Within the pages of this readable conversation Prosanta Chakrabarty does just that, he sits down with the student and gives them a 'little bit of knowledge.'
This book is an over-view of grad school in general. It is not specific to you nor I, nor any one. If you are looking for a step-by-step guide to get through your specific grad school program, I'd suggest re-thinking entering grad school.
I am entering the University of Arizona Graduate School in a few months.
Grad School is a 'choose-your-own-adventure' experience then undergrad and I am grateful I have read this helpful guide to the world that I will be entering. I feel a bit more confident that I am familiar with the language, culture and expectations of the Land of Academia. Thank You, Professor Chakrabarty for taking time out of your schedule to have tea and conversation with an entering grad student. Best of Luck with your Research.
This book is concise but very enjoyable to read, extremely informative on the subject matter, and broadly applicable to multiple disciplines. I highly recommend it and have already done so to fellow graduate students/recent graduates in my department.