I am actually flying to Philadelphia tomorrow for the job market! I recently watched this short video called “Running of the Economists” where several famous economist share their memories of their job market experience. It’s kind of funny, and it’s only 4 minutes, so it’s worth a watch if you are wondering what I’m about to get myself into.
I think, being a mom, I have some of the same emotions that the other job market candidates have, but also some additional ones. When one of the economists says, “it feels like the rest of your life is on the line”, I can relate to that. I have spent SO much time and effort on this PhD, and this is indeed the main chance to get a PhD job. But the prospect of getting that job isn’t solely exciting, as it probably is for most of the other students. It’s also nerve-wracking and a little sad, because, if I do get a job, I will be uprooting my entire family. My husband has a job that he loves, my children have friends that they enjoy playing with, we like our neighborhood, etc. Basically every single thing in our life is great except for the fact that I want to work in this very specific field. So, it’s a mix of emotions for me. Oh, and alongside all these emotions, I can’t forget that I’m also feeling relieved at the idea of having five whole days without hearing “Mommy. Mommy. Mommy. Mommy….”
But that being said, I am excited. And nervous. Wish me luck!