Re: it'll never happen to me

Michael Forstadt (forstadt@HUSC.HARVARD.EDU)
Thu, 9 Jun 1994 12:26:53 -0400

On Thu, 9 Jun 1994, Margaret Steiner wrote:

> I just want to coroborate Mike Salavesh's post. I knew about the horrendous
> odds of getting a job, but I told myself, "I'm damn good, so I'll beat the
> odds." Well, I am damn good, but I didn't beat the odds--at least that's true
> six years after receiving the doctorate.
> Marge Steiner

As I am still in graduate school. I reserve the right to say "I am damned
good and have at least a fighting chance of getting an academic job, and I
deserve it." If I don't get such a job, however:

- I won't blame myself
- I won't blame the recipient of the job
- I won't blame the class of people represented by the recipient
- I won't blame the institution which gave the job to the recipient

But I will try to keep practicing anthropology in whatever form it may
take, whether or not it is directly applicable to the job I eventually
settle for. I will treasure my PhD as a personal accomplishment and as a
symbol of my decision to at least strive for a career which makes me
happy instead of a career which only makes me money.

-- Mike Forstadt