Megan Pincus Kajitani

Megan Pincus Kajitani knows career transition, particularly for academics. She grew up with professor parents and has spent years in the professional publishing world, as a doctoral student, and as a career counselor at a major research university. She now freelances from her home in Southern California and focuses on the idea of “having enough” on her blog and in her family life.

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July 7, 2008
This week’s letter is from a tenured creative writing professor at a state college, who has two small children and is looking for a career change. Here’s an except from Coral:
June 29, 2008
This week’s question is from a research university doctoral student, Ellen, and it is one I would like to throw out to others to share your experiences as well.Here’s Ellen’s question:
June 22, 2008
I’m glad I asked last week, as I happily received many thought-provoking questions and comments, and I look forward to getting to each one. This week, I’ll tackle a question from Renata, a doctoral student with much life and work experience, who asked me about a career track I often discussed at the university career center: community college teaching. Here’s (part of) what Renata wrote:
June 15, 2008
When we started the Mama, PhD blog, coeditors Caroline Grant and Elrena Evans really wanted to have a career advice component – a place where our readers could ask your burning career-related questions and get support in your transitions and challenges. Thus, my Monday “The Career Coach Is In” Q&A was born. As the newness of our blog wears off, and the school year winds down, the individual email questions I’ve received has diminished.
June 8, 2008
This week, I’m going to include the full letter from a reader, because I think it’s a great illustration of what many of us go through in our twenties (inside academia or out), searching for the right career fit, for validation, and for our own definition of success. This is what she wrote:
June 1, 2008
A professional mom named “Abigail” wrote me in the throes of deciding whether to leave her corporate career for an academic one. Here’s a piece of her letter:
May 19, 2008
I received a letter with this title from “Amanda” -- a PhD student at an Ivy League institution who wants to know if she should jump ship. Her letter is excerpted here:
May 11, 2008
This week’s letter addresses a common question of PhD students considering leaving academia – where does one even start exploring non-academic career options? The letter reads:
May 5, 2008
Editor’s Note: Megan Pincus Kajitani will be answering your career transition questions here each Monday. Read on, and send your questions to
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