Sunday, June 03, 2012

Working in academics

The benefits of working in academics are:

  • Important and interesting work
  • Opportunities for development and growth
  • Freedom and fun

Those paying attention will recognize Daniel Pink's elements of motivation - autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

The downside? Having to explain to your spouse why you're not making as much money as so-and-so, who has basically the same skills as you. Or worse yet, why you make less than some other so-and-so who can barely tie his own shoes.

That is, unless your spouse is in academics, too. In which case, God help you.

Explaining this is not fun, but if the three elements above are in abundant supply, a fairly convincing case can be made. If those factors start to run low... well, your spouse might be right.

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