Grad departments should make it easier for students to take on outside work: Larson

July 4, 2019

Many graduate departments need to rethink any rules or norms that might be in place to dissuade students from taking on outside work, writes Zeb Larson. The author highlights the most common reasons why these barriers are in place, which center mostly on the notion that grad students are professors-in-training and that outside work is an unwelcome distraction. However, the reality is that today’s grad students face financial burdens and an uncertain academic job market that make paid non-academic work a necessity in most cases. The author notes that departments are welcome to continue training future professors, but adds only that “given the precarity most of us young academics face, letting people take outside jobs would give us a leg up on the ‘alternate’ careers most of us will have.” Inside Higher Ed (International)