An Advisor’s Extra Help on the Job Market

An Advisor’s Extra Help on the Job Market


Placement practices at different graduate programs in philosophy vary, and one difference concerns what advisors do to help their students land jobs. There is, of course, the advising. And also, of course, the letter writing. But then there is a range of activities that go beyond these regular responsibilities—such as calling or emailing members of search committees to put in an extra good word for their advisees, or suggesting their students for speaking or writing or other professional opportunities (“I’m too busy but my student could…”)—that some faculty engage in. Some departments not only encourage but also take steps to help facilitate this assistance, while others take a less organized approach. This difference will be one more factor that affects how candidates do on the job market, which is now upon us. It might be helpful to hear about the experiences of recent and current job candidates, as well as from faculty, about what departments and advisors do besides the basics.

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