Taking a Year Off The Internet? Life Changing?

I found this a fascinating piece, as the author was paid to take a year off from the internet and reflected on how he found it - as might be expected at the beginning life appeared to be simpler, freer, richer, deeper ... And everything started out great, let me tell you. I did stop and smell the flowers. My life was full of serendipitous events: real life meetings, frisbee, bike rides, and Greek literature. With no…

Academic Career or Plan B?

Story in Times Higher Education this week has attracted MANY comments already... it starts: Universities benefit from the large pool of cheap labour provided by PhD students and postdocs, but there aren't enough academic jobs to go around, so young scholars should prepare for the possibility of a future outside the academy, one postdoc advises Not everyone who completes a PhD gets an academic job. I knew that. But still I thought that my prospects were good.…