|Image courtesy of these folks; not blurred|
because I'm pretty sure it was designed to be shared.
If schools are recruiting grad students at least in part with the argument that one can pursue a variety of careers with a Ph.D., then they also have a responsibility not to set up financial structures that disproportionately reward grad students for building skills toward only one of those careers (little as I like the instrumentalist, student-as-consumer, what's-in-it-for-me attitude of some of today's students, I wouldn't mind listening to faculty and administrators who have long relied on grad students to teach significant portions of undergraduate classes try to explain to a skeptical grad student why TAing is in their best interest).
The "Shadow Resume": A Career Tip for Grad Students
By Adam Kotsko
There are a few facts that every graduate student must come to terms with:
I developed a strategy to address all these problems simultaneously, which I called the “shadow resume.” Basically, I worked on a freelance basis in the “civilian” sphere during grad school (and beyond, as it turned out). This had several benefits. First, the work was better-paying and less time-intensive than adjuncting would have been — and I could work from home for the most part, meaning it didn’t really interfere with my classes, etc. Second, and perhaps most crucially, it gave me a plausible resume for the “civilian” world, one from which I could omit my overeduction while not thereby creating a huge inexplicable hole in my employment record. Finally, it created a “lower bound” for my stress levels, because I felt like I had alternatives — it wasn’t a choice between a tenure-track job and Starbucks.