Re: Grad Students and Jobs, among other thin

Daniel A Ponech (dapst26+@PITT.EDU)
Thu, 9 Jun 1994 10:54:13 -0400

On Thu, 9 Jun 1994, Michael Forstadt wrote:

> by my choice of graduate schools. I must say, however, that I WAS TRULY
> SHOCKED to find out that many entering students simply assumed that they
> could get a job and were in fact angry when they discovered that this was
> not the case. They have no one to blame except themselves. I find it hard
> to understand who can make such a tremendous commitment without doing
> their homework first and realizing exactly what they are getting into.

The talk of the then coming need for qualified Ph.D.'s was not just some
rumor based on undergrads counting the number of their own profs nearing
retirement age. Reports were published. Universities were making forecasts.
People were being encouraged. Reports, projections, conversations; that
was the homework. I'm glad what you were told turned out to be true.
Not everyone got that info.

I'm not whining about the situation or the fact that I got the projections
wrong, but it gets my back up when someone tells me I didn't try to find
out what was going to happen before hand. No one I knew ever assumed that
they were going to find work in the academy. Some never assumed that they
were going to find a job at all. I think some people are frustrated,
however, because they were *mislead*.

Daniel A. Ponech Welcome to the University of the 90's;
University of Pittsburgh Where we've got what it takes,
To take what you've got!
David Reimer