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From:pansette
Date:March 24th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)

Re: last comment from mw85

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I'm not "bitter." But I have actually looked at the numbers and been watching job listings for the last six years.

I'm optimistic about my career. Doesn't mean I need to be optimistic about the job market in general, or your or any other individual's prospects on the market.

Since I don't know anything about you or your skills, I'm forced to assume you're a perfectly average potential PhD candidate. Which means that, statistically speaking, your chances of ever landing a tenure-track position are significantly less than 50%. It's worse than a coin toss, optimistic or not.
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