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Jennifer Polk

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Jennifer Polk works as an academic, career, and life coach. Jen also speaks on campuses and at conferences throughout North America on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for PhDs, and her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, University Affairs, Vitae, and Academic Matters.
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Sale of the Century
Russia's Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism
Chrystia Freeland - 2000-09-12
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In the 1990s, all eyes turned to the momentous changes in Russia, as the world's largest country was transformed into the world's newest democracy. But the heroic images of Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in front of Moscow's White House soon turned to grim new realities: a currency in freefall and a war in Chechnya; on the street, flashy new money and a...
Jennifer Polk
@DFisman !!! I bought and read and loved her Sale of the Century book when I was doing my Russian studies degree 20+ years ago but I didn't realize this backstory!      source
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Going Alt-Ac
A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers
Kathryn E. Linder - 2020-01-15
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A growing number of people completing or holding graduate degrees now seek non-faculty positions―also called alternative academic, or “alt-ac” positions―at different stages in their careers. While an increasing number of people with doctoral degrees are hunting for a diminishing pool of tenure-track faculty jobs, most degree-granting institutions d...
Jennifer Polk
Candy Cane Crush is the #PhTea for today #24DaysOfTea It's got fun shapes in among the black tea -- bits of white choc and candy. Pic also features a couple great books you may want to read! Esp if you're a humanities or soc sci PhD. @clcaterine @Katie__Linder @ThomasJTobin      source
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Leaving Academia
A Practical Guide (Skills for Scholars)
Christopher L. Caterine - 2020-09-15
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An indispensable guide for grad students and academics who want to find fulfilling careers outside higher educationAn estimated ninety-three percent of graduate students in the humanities and social sciences won't get a tenure-track job, yet many still assume that a tenured professorship is the only successful outcome for a PhD. With the academic j...
Jennifer Polk
@clcaterine @honest_academic @AcademicChatter @ProfessorIsIn @cjcornthwaite @BeyondProf @Kristi_Lodge @chrishumphrey Chris's book and 30 others are on my list of recommended reading for PhDs      source
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Scaling the Ivory Tower
Your Academic Job Search Workbook
Hillary Hutchinson - 2019-03-03
We wrote this book because so many academics find it daunting to navigate the search for an academic position. The workbook is designed with 59 worksheets and checklists dealing with everything from the imposter syndrome to crafting a cover letter that tells your unique story. Checklists are available for items to consider when crafting cover lette...
Jennifer Polk
Are you going on the academic job market this fall? This book will help you prepare, and it's an awesome give-away we're doing for people who attend Day 1 of our conference live! Check out: "Scaling the Ivory Tower: Your Academic Job Search Workbook" at      source
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Making Sense of Life's Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition
William Bridges - 2004-08-11 (first published in 1980)
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The best-selling guide for coping with changes in life and work, named one of the 50 all-time best books in self-help and personal development Whether you choose it or it is thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Since Transitions was first published, this supportive guide has helped hundreds of thousands of readers cope wit...
Jennifer Polk
Had some great book recommendations this week, so I'm offering another! William Bridges’s "Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes." (Bonus: Bridges was a professor of English before he transitioned into a new career!)      source
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