Finally, before I was invited for on-campus job interviews, I thoroughly researched how my academic work could benefit the community and the public, which the university is purported to serve. I had literally gone blank in the face of an onslaught of questions by the same people who had previously been my teachers and mentors.
Overall, I learned that being on the academic job market requires being open to changing one’s initial expectations and strategies. Bound to Vancouver by my partner’s career, I had limited my job search to the two major research universities in BC’s lower mainland, UBC and Simon Fraser University.
Robert Hare steps out of the sunlight and into a West Vancouver pub.
“Let me see your eyes,” says the 82-year old, piercing me with a cautious gaze that has sized up hundreds of criminals, including some of Canada’s most notorious psychopaths.
So, when I graduated and did not have an academic position to move onto, I had to make some changes.
First, I had to face the reality that I may not become an academic after all, and that I may have to look for non-academic jobs.
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In other words, to slow down and listen to the call of vocation so to better understand what I wanted to do with my life.
Over a year later, I received another interview for a similar job at UBC.