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Russell - advice
Name: Russell
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: BBC archives; university teaching
Year of graduation: 1998
Date of Interview: 02/06/2008

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Russell discusses the rewards of an academic job, and the potential difficulties of securing one.

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What would you say to anybody who's thinking about becoming an academic? 

That it's a very good job if you like teaching, you like and you genuinely care about the subjects that you're interested in. Some people moan about the money, I think it's all right really in the scheme of things. You know you're not going to be very rich but that's not what you do it for – so yeah I think it's a good thing but it can be quite an undulating journey getting the from that first year of getting the PhD to – and it's probably even more difficult than when I did it because the competition for funding's even greater than it was. And the amount of money you have to pay in fees and that kind of stuff is so horrendous so it's even more of a big decision because of the financial decision to make especially coming on the back of at least three years of fees and debts and possibly another one or two as well so it's a big decision. But the end –  the prize if you like – is good and I think for me it's the best job in the world is being an academic and that's what I've always wanted to do. But the process of getting there is not always a pleasant experience.


So you wouldn't like to be doing anything else?


No, not really (laughter).


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