Post-PhD Jobs

25-Jul-17, 16:22
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by becrel
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posted about 3 years ago

I'm thinking of doing a PhD in Film and Television - only trouble is, I want to work in academia afterwards as a lecturer, but know that it's going to be seriously tough. Does anyone know roughly the likelihood of it happening, or have any advice?

25-Jul-17, 17:48
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posted about 3 years ago
You've got a 0.45% chance of becoming a professor, but don't worry, you've got the chance to be one of the 47% of early career researchers and 3.5 % of permanent research staff before you realise this. Good luck.

Actually this info is for Science, but you get the picture. It's highly unlikely, but a lot of us still try it.
25-Jul-17, 18:28
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posted about 3 years ago
I would say this varies not only across fields (as pointed out above) but also across individual departments. There is a whole range of possibilities and probabilities out there!

My advice would be - unless the fact that getting a job after is tough really puts you off - go for it!
26-Jul-17, 16:08
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posted about 3 years ago
Also see this for all fields, but US data for 2015:
26-Jul-17, 17:38
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posted about 3 years ago
It might be worth looking at to see what sort of jobs are available in your area and what exactly they are looking for. There are some research-orientated media / film departments but a lot of courses in your field seem more practically orientated and so industry experience and technical skills might be seen as beneficial too. And yes ToL is rightly pessimistic about the academic job market - you need a plan B like everyone else, so it's worth thinking about what you'd get out of a PhD irrespective of jobs and whether that really appeals to you. Also check into the reality of academia if you haven't already - many jobs are poorly paid / precarious and it's a long hours / high pressure field.


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