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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bide Your Time

Posted by Seeking Solace |

So, yesterday was a rough day. I was still reeling from the whole HBCU business. People that I've talked to about the whole thing are giving me advice of what to do. I've heard everything from quit to blow the department in to HR to give the head of the department a piece of mind. Lots of consolation and people telling me what they think is right for me.  Don't get me wrong, I appreciate people looking out for me. It's nice to know people have your back.

Right now, I am choosing not to do anything. Don't get me wrong, I've been considering all my options. But, my dad used to say 'Bide your time and then make your move." So for now, I am not going to do anything with respect to my response to HBCU.

I did apply for another job outside of academia, but in an academic-like capacity. It looks very interesting and I could definitely see myself doing the type of work the position calls for me to do. I don't know what will happen with that job. Applying for that job was more about doing something proactive rather stewing about what didn't happen.

Also, it's easier to look for a job when you have a job. I don't want to burn any bridges or make things harder by quitting. It's a rough job market right now. 

For now, I am just going to sit back and wait to make my move.


Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

Well, you're having another typical of academia experiences... It does no good to delve too deep into the decision, you'll likely not get an answer you like. The ex had been doing one-year full-time contracts for three years and got no love when they hired from outside... And he moved away from me to take the job when they needed him at the last minute. Academic politics around hiring suck.

Seeking Solace said...

ITPF: It definitely sucks. I was actually considering getting my law license in NC. If I wanted to put up with a lot of BS, I'd go back to being a lawyer. The pay is way better!