Graduate students and postdocs are often asked whether they will pursue academic or non-academic jobs. As someone with a purely academic trajectory so far, I bought into this view of the job market. However, I have realized that this mindset is fundamentally flawed and heavily biased.

Having carried out dozens of informational interviews with professionals in government, consulting, business, NGOs, and international organizations (not to mention academia), it has become clear to me that asking graduate students to choose between academic and non-academic jobs leads to a misrepresentation of the job market.

This may seem obvious to many people out…

Julio E. Herrera Estrada

Applied Scientist @DescartesLabs . Climate risks, sustainability, remote sensing. Frmr. @Stanford postdoc, @Princeton PhD, @Columbia BS. My own views. Mexican.

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