Where are all the jobs? Should I be freaking out yet? There are only like 5 I am considering applying for, and I've heard people tend to apply to at least 60 places. Am I being too picky?
Date: 26 Aug 2009 21:55
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I am with you. I plan to apply to about 15-20. You need a full time job to apply for that many schools.
I think that a lot of places are trying to figure out their budget. It's still pretty early and in the next couple of months I am sure we will see more postings.
I think it's a bit early to freak out. I will start worrying if I don't see more postings in my discipline by mid-late September. Right now there are only 3 places where I can apply; two years ago I remember applying to 15 places (and I was being somewhat selective).
And I may be wrong, but I suspect that some of those people who applied to 60+ places were applying for some jobs that weren't in their discipline.
Sept 1 and Oct 1 are the two big release dates for job postings in Psychology. I expect to see a lot coming out on the APA and APS website this coming week. So its really too early to be freaking out yet. When I applied for jobs first time around 3 years ago I applied for about 55. But given my area I felt like I could apply for jobs in a couple different areas which increased the number of applications I completed.
October is almost gone. Are there going to be more cognitive jobs? Or this is it?
Yeaj, but on the other hand, every job that is posted will most likely end with a hire. Last year, many went into hiring freezes and that was worse. You applied for a job and weeks later it was canceled.
Hrm, not impressed with the Sep. 1st release.
It really seems like there's just a glut of neuroscience jobs out there. At least folks in neuroscience will have plenty of options…
I did notice a lot of clinical as well. It seems like jobs are lacking in social, cognitive, and developmental (unless it is social, cognitive, or developmental neuroscience).
Yeah, I wasn't impressed either. Now I'm starting to get a bit worried. I do have a back-up plan, but it would be nice to get a faculty position soon.
There aren't going to be many jobs this year. Not only is there little money for new hires, many
of the old farts are hanging on for a few more years because their retirement nesteggs have taken
such a beating. A lot of early career scientists who would normally find faculty positions are going to have to