My third-graders played very well this morning. We probably shot about 5% from field, but at the third-grade level any shot from the field is a positive development. I am on my way to Gettysburg for two more girls games–this time my sixth grader is playing. No battlefield stops are scheduled.
Of course I would be remiss if I left for Civil War country without posting the second installment of The Wolfe’s Tone’s report from Day 2 at the AHA. You can find part one of his Day 2 report here. And you can find his Day 1 report here. Enjoy! –JF
The major topic of conversation (at least in my circles) is the job crisis. President Obama has said several times that we must find the opportunity in this moment. I wonder if historians are thinking that way right now. Some graduate stuidents are engrossed in the message of Chicken Little, desperately looking around anywhere we can for a safe (employed) spot. Others are thinking through what this moment means for how business will be done 10, 20, and 30 years from now? As investors say, those who panic lose, those who stay calm make money. Here are some insights I’ve gleaned from chatting with others
This leads to a practical tip that the astute observer will notice. You should not show up at the AHA to network because you need a job in the next 12 months. You come to meet the people who will hire you 2, 3, 4, or more years down the road. Indeed, you could meet a person who will be your advocate on a hiring committee somewhere in the future. The lesson for graduate students– network NOW. Keep a list of contacts and follow up with them every few months. Mention via email that something you read might interest them, or that you would love their input on book X. Try to organize or get on a panel with someone. Be proactive and take all this nervous “how will I ever get a job” energy and put it to good use.
The moral of the story? It is preparation and research. Today an AHA panel focused on interviewing for jobs. What was supposed to be a “mock interview” process devolved (thankfully) into table discussions with knowledgeable (read hiring committee veterans) faculty from all kinds of institutions from 2-year to four-year to research to public history. A lot of great information was shared. I attended the 4-year state teaching college and the private liberal arts college tables. Some highlights:
Here is a good link to interview questions.