Originally Posted by Manton
Right, and there are thousands of really excellent ball players on playgrounds all over America. None of them are going to bet $70K that they will one of the 300 or so that makes it to the NBA. They may all believe it, but they are not ... um brave or dumb enough to put down that kind of cash.
This advice is well meaning. Seriously. Do some research. It sounds like you have not looked into this at all. I get that it you want to be a prof. I understand the appeal. But the reality is brutal. I can count about half a dozen Harvard PhDs I personally know who didn't make it.
There have been a host of articles written about this, many quite scathing on the ways that universities peddle the myth, take your money, exploit your cheap labor through adjuct work for as long as possible, and then cast you aside for the next wave. It's very calculated and very cynical.
I'm not saying don't go to grad school. But do it with eyes open. You may be great but even 90% of the great ones don't make it.
Dude, I'm very, very well aware of just how awful the job market is. I work at the English Department at my middling state University and we're doing candidate searches, and we have hundreds and hundreds of applicants for 2 tenure track positions.
The only reason I'm tempted to even accept the UVA offer is - a. it's my dream school, and b. where I live, a degree from UVA, any
degree, really opens doors. People talk about UVA like it is Harvard, and even if it's not justified (I don't think it is), there's still that perception.
The Tech offer is a good setup for applying to a top tier PhD program. I'd have very, very little debt (if any) and I'd have direct teaching experience.
More and more I'm leaning towards Tech.