Should You Be a Guru or a Freeagent?

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by Chris Cumo ALL GRADUATION SPEECHES come in the same cookie-cutter mold. Every speaker, whether at Georgetown, San Diego State University, Texas A & M or Oberlin, repeats the bland mantra: commencement is not an end, but rather a beginning that opens doors to the future. However, newly-minted Ph.D.s find these doors shut or leading down endless labyrinths. Most do not land on the tenure track, a truth that becomes ingrained only after the Ph.D. is in hand, and must instead scramble to cobble together a few classes at the local colleges. While in this holding pattern they find that their real job is not teaching […]
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