Name: Jennifer Biddle
Job: Assistant Professor
Source: Subsurface Life [original post from January 2013]
I sometimes feel like academics are a bit like the stock market. It’s easier to make money once you have money in stocks. It’s easier to be in academics when you come from that environment. But that doesn’t mean you can’t apply work ethic (and develop creative strategies to deal with the lack of conference reimbursements, I’ve totally been there…), seek out resources – and invest in yourself. Make a few investments, develop both short term and long term investment strategies – and you can get good returns on your investments. In stocks and academics, it takes an initial investment, a good strategy and work ethic, and a bit of luck.