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industry vs academia

Elaine Ingham inghame at AVA.BCC.ORST.EDU
Fri Jun 30 16:41:37 EST 1995

With respect to "standard" careers ---- a few years back, before faculty 
meetings, faculty members were asked to summarize "how they got where 
they are".  We went through the faculty alphabetically, and since this is 
a large department, it took a couple years to get through all of us, but 
it turned out that very few of the faculty had actually followed the 
"standard" career path.  Well over 3/4 had some "burp" along the way, 
such as teaching high school, doing work in industry, taking time off 
between masters and Ph.D., doing several post-docs, doing peace corp, 
etc.  It made me suspect that in fact the "standard" MS to Ph.D to 
post-doc to faculty position is in fact fairly much a myth.  

Elaine R. Ingham
inghame at bcc.orst.edu

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