Be Angry! July 12, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in university.
A friend of mine pointed me to an anonymous physicist blog, called Angry Physics. A tenure track professor at a university. The cool thing is his/her blog is anonymous – so he can rant all he/she likes (actually, he/she is rather restrained). I’ve mentioned before there are lots of things I’d like to talk about that I can’t (department politics, papers, talks, etc.), and the Angry Physicists does touch on some of this. But his/her specialty is advice to young people: in particular some of the politics that goes on in a academic job. His/her blog is unique, and a reflection of his/her experiences (i.e. not everyone has his/her perspective).
His post on the first job out of graduate school – and how much you a difference your advisor can make is good. I’ve been very lucky (ok, and a lot of hard work) but what if I’d not caught the breaks I have?
On the other hand, his post on sucky students doesn’t match my experience. The students for the last two years usually ask for harder and more work. Then again, I’ve been lucky enough to be teaching honors students…
But this I can whole-heartedly agree with, despite all the stresses and difficulties and lost nights of sleep and social oportunities:
It’s still a great job. I can’t even imagine having any other type of job.