Tag Archives: Volunteering

What Is The Point Of Writing?

As I wrote in a recent post, during one of the “job readiness” workshops I conducted for HHB, the clients were totally enthralled by my laptop or, more specifically, by the magic of Microsoft Word. They didn’t want to search … Continue reading

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On Being A Fraud

I am a fraud. Over the last few weeks, I have conducted three “job readiness” workshops at Helping Hands Brooklyn. I have partnered with a wonderful New York Civic Corps worker, Cassie (not her real name, of course), who is … Continue reading

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Deadbeat: On NOT Applying For This One Academic Job In Particular

  I think I dodged a bullet. While the bullet was in mid-air coming at me at mock [sic] 12 (actually, I don’t know how fast that is; it SOUNDS really fast though), I had to conduct my first “job … Continue reading

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Academia May Be Pointless. But Is It More Pointless Than Other Things?

Hey remember how this blog was supposed to be about volunteering? I have a vague memory of this! Yet, somehow I have stumbled into writing more generally about Stuff That Interests Me. How did that happen? The good news is … Continue reading

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Jobs, Outsourcing, Futility, Despair

A couple of days ago, I went back to the shelter that I wrote about here for a second round of “job readiness” volunteer work with the residents there. This time, I worked with a woman, Maxine, who has three … Continue reading

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“Happy PhD!”

I was over at postacademic‘s place reading about those famously awkward conversations between academics and non-academics. Like the time my uncle, upon discovering I was enrolling in a PhD program (I already had an M.A.), exclaimed with exasperation, “How much … Continue reading

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