An Honest Conversation

How do you know when you are not in integrity? Guilt. This is the emotion of falling short.

“Guilt is the discomfort we feel when we evaluate what we’ve done or failed to do against our values.” – Brene Brown.

Staying in line with my value of integrity means honest conversations. Believe me, it’s not easy. This week I shared with a group of PhD researchers that when it comes to moving through the academic pathway, at each stage the number of jobs available reduces significantly.

Currently, there are only jobs available for around 10% of the postdoc workforce. 90% will have to find work beyond academia. It felt hard but right to share those facts. Why is this not talked about more?

Leaving the academic track is not failure.

There is an element of luck to the whole process. If they don’t get the big paper, results do not happen (even after working ridiculous hours), having a family, health, poor supervision, discrimination or covid hampered efforts. That is not a reflection upon their talent.

They are talented.

There are an infinite number of ways in which those talents can be expressed. It’s time to look beyond that linear pathway.

When was the last time you felt guilty? Which value did you cross?

Keep Opening Up,


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