The current recession has made it evident that even a “secure” job isn’t that secure at all. As for myself, I have never even had a really secure job, ever. And this in spite of having a Ph.D.
The reason is that in Academia you seldom get a secure position until you become a Professor; otherwise most jobs are temporary. And I never got that high up in the hierarchy. Once I had a fellowship that enabled me to spend two years working at one of the most prestigious ivy-league universities in the United States — but that was as far as I got. Continue reading