If Not a Professor, Then What?
|I've had two people today ask me versions of the same question: what might someone do who has an English Ph.D. but doesn't want to become a professor?|
One of these people is currently a professor and the other is currently caught in the adjuncting trap. Neither wants to teach high school.
Does anyone out have any suggestions or advice for my friends? Any friends of your own who have successfully made the transition to a career outside academia? I realize most of the people who read this blog are probably academics themselves, but surely we know people who have chosen alternative career paths.
I've really only known two other people who fell into this category. One worked as a speech writer for a university president for about a year (and is now living in another country with a spouse and their two young children). The other, after striking out on the t-t job market three years in a row (even after landing a book contract), decided to enter a J.D./M.B.A. program and is now a fancy lawyer. And I'm certainly not going to suggest that either of my friends go to law school or business school. In fact, more school is the last thing I think either of them wants.
So, again, any ideas?