As Lauren mentioned in her post just a little while ago, we have exciting news to report from the postacademic blogosphere!
After months of ranting away on our own blogs, several of us (me, Lauren, Currer and Jet) have decided to move forward with a centralized website and e-book that will provide resources for folks who are contemplating leaving academia, as well as support for those who have already left.
The website won't be up and running for a little while, although we do have a URL and an outline, so it's definitely going to happen. :) The book will follow once the website is up and running, and once we get a sense for the type of information people seem to be looking for and how we can best complement what's on the site.
Our initial plan for the website is for it to provide concrete, tangible information about how to leave academia (how to tell your advisor, how to write a resume, how to deal with financial and other issues that might arise), as well as support and resources to help you make the decision that's best for you and to keep yourself emotionally on-track.
So! We have plans, and we're excited about them! And this is where you come in.
First, if any of you have any knowledge of web design and would like to volunteer some of your time and expertise to help us set up the website, we would be very grateful. Please email myself or Lauren (her email address can be found here).
Second, if there is anything in particular that you'd like to see us cover on the site or in the e-book, please email one of us or leave your idea in comments below. Is there some tidbit of information you've been looking for in the postacademic blogosphere that you haven't found yet? Something you wish you'd known before you left? Now's your chance to speak up.
Third ... if you, yourself, have an idea for something you'd like to write for the site? We'd like that too. We're organizing the site, but we have no intention of being the sole contributors of content. Email me or Lauren.
And fourth ... if there are articles or links or forums or anything else that you've found in your journey around the internet that postacademics might find interesting or useful, leave them in comments or send them in an email. The website is going to be full of links to other interesting and informative stuff, and we'd love to include the stuff that you've found helpful.
That's it for now. We hope you guys are as excited about this project as we are, and we hope some of you will be able to help us out! Have a great night...