This time from Adam Kotsko, who is a professor at Shimer College, here. I don’t completely endorse this advice, but it well reflects the times we live in and I think Adam was quite crafty in his approach.
In the sciences, I don’t think there is remotely enough time to moonlight during grad school. Bench top experiments are somehow all consuming. Perhaps however this might be useful for students who are doing computer simulations only–although if you got your PhD in a computer sciences field, I can’t imagine you’d ever need to “hide” your over-education.
Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan’s “The View from your Window” series. Here’s more from a Krasnow white board, late night labbie edition:
I didn’t see this one yesterday when I was giving a tour of the Institute for one of our visitors, so I’m guessing it went up over night. I leave it to readers to interpret the PhD student mind….
Scienceinsider quotes Beryl Lieff Benderly on the trend towards fewer graduate students and postdocs as the engine–the new model has career PhD super-technicians and bachelors level permanent employees dominating the mix. Sounds an awful lot like the Big Pharma I knew during the 1980’s. Was that model a recipe for success?