Grad Students and Jobs, among other thin

Wed, 8 Jun 1994 20:55:00 PDT

Boudreaux writes:

"There are a number of reasons why we're still going to graduate
school. First, I think is that we're not being properly prepared
for the situation that awaits us on the other end."

Is this a common sentiment? Do students apply to and begin graduate studies
thinking that it is LIKELY they will be able to get an academic job at the
other end? If so, then those of us involved in admissions should provide
realistic information to applicants so that they don't begin 6-10 years of
study for the wrong reason. Yet as the posts about jobs indicate, there are
many students who, regardless of the job situation, are glad that they are
continuing with advanced studies--and I am delighted to read this kind of
enthusiasm. But there is also the suggestion made in several of the
posts that a fair number of graduates begin their studies with little
realistic information about the prospects of employment and might have chosen
a different path if they had had more information. Is this an accurate

D. Read