Reader Bakka has contacted us with this question, which I’m sure is becoming increasingly widespread in the current academic job climate.
I have a question for the feminist philosophers. I am finishing up my PhD in philosophy, specializing in feminist ethics and health care ethics. Throughout my studies I was pretty sure I wanted to continue on the academic path and try to land a tenure-tack job. During the course of writing my dissertation, however, I have become unsure that I want to continue down this path. Further, I think many of my colleagues are in a similar position. For some this is in part because the job market does not look very good for those of us about to graduate.
I noticed that in your description of yourselves in the “our policies” section you list that some of you are philosophers who are working outside the academy. I was wondering if anyone would want to share what kinds of careers they have pursued beyond the academy? What are the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing non-academic careers?
I know many of our readers are also working outside academia. It would be great to hear from you in response to this question!