09 novembre 2013

Top Three Questions Job Seekers (and Senior Academics Too) Should Ask Themselves

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/Small/hastac-icon.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. TOP THREE QUESTIONS EVERYONE SHOULD ASK (AND ANSWER FOR YOURSELF) 
1.   Why am I doing this? (If you don't yet have a job, the question should be:  why do I want to do this?) 
2.  Why should someone else pay me or support me to do this thing I love?  
3.  Why is what I'm doing (or want to do) important? What do I contribute?  Why? In what way? To what goal? 
1.   Why am I doing this? (If you don't yet have a job, the question should be:  why do I want to do this?) 
It's the basic, existential question, right? Most of us don't ask it nearly enough. And for many people in the world, certainly the majority, it isn't really a question: you do what you have to in order to support yourself. But that makes the question even more urgent, for everyone, especially those fortunate enough to have choices. And that already is an important point. If you are preparing for an academic career, you are making a choice.  Why?  What motivates you? This is not a trivial question. More...

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