I came across this article (or perhaps, ‘opinion piece’ is a more appropriate term?) online recently, and thought it was worth posting here, especially because it is by Karen Kelsky, a former scholar involved in the field of “Japanese Studies” as a professor of anthropology.
This article covers an entire graduate student career’s worth of professional academic advising, and presents its particular points of advice in a very authoritative style. I would caution that it is a sobering read, in that Kelsky prescribes a large amount of work, and takes a very… realistic view of the current job market for tenure-track positions in academia.
I don’t post it here to encourage us all to immediately set out according to its path, but rather as an aid to help any and all of us who may not have yet come across it, in staying aware of contemporary perspectives on the pursuit of graduate studies (– even if, after reading it, you decide not to take any of the advice Kelsky proffers).