Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · Priorities & boundaries in the face of job losses A friend (not an academic) has recently lost their job and noted that one of the most frustrating things about it is: "nobody ever looked at our performance, a decision was made several levels up and … [Read more...] about Priorities and boundaries in the face of job insecurity
Ethos & Influences
There is lots of advice out there about academic writing and academic careers. Posts in this category elaborate on some of the things mentioned on the about page to give you a better sense of how I approach academic work and the relationship between academic work and other parts of your life. Subcategories include:
Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · Dealing with the loss of a physical boundary between work and home The pandemic has made us all hyper-aware of how much of what we’d come to tolerate as “just how things are” is actually deeply unacceptable. The pandemic has not created an impossible to … [Read more...] about Dealing with the loss of a physical boundary between work and home
Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · You are not broken. You don't need fixing. One of the comments I got from my editor when working on the Short Guides was "What do you want them to do with this information?" She was really not happy with a prompt that asked the reader to notice something without … [Read more...] about You are not broken. You don’t need fixing.
There is a difference between optimism and positivity, or at least the kind of positivity that tries to pretend that bad things never happen, or never happen to good people. I am an optimist. I read something recently that helped me clarify what that looks like for me. It's a bit like "It'll be … [Read more...] about Optimism in the face of uncertainty
Jo VanEvery, Academic Career Guide · Resting & recharging is preparing for the new academic year I wrote this just before taking a 2 week holiday and mentioned how important it is to prioritize rest at this time of year. Fatigue impairs cognitive function. This is a fact. There is lots … [Read more...] about Resting & recharging is preparation for the new academic year