Academic Ghostwriting

Wow, I cannot believe how long it has been since I have written a post for this blog. Maybe I should wait until July so I can say it has been a year. Nah!

I’ve thought a lot about re-starting this blog. I had even written an article explaining one of the reasons why I stopped, but I never published it (I was looking for a job and was paranoid about publishing opinions or thoughts that would prevent potential employers from wanting to hire me. See, I was under the assumption that my blog was anonymous because my real name is not associated with it anywhere, except I have several blogs, a couple of which no one has EVER visited. Then one day, I had a visit on all my blogs. I figured it was potential employer. It freaked me out that they could know my inner most thoughts without having ever met me. But I digress.)

I have a job now. Yay? I hate it and I feel like I am wasting my time. *looks over shoulder to see if present employer knows about this blog and is reading this post*

I shouldn’t complain, I know. My job is not THAT bad, but I have some concerns… Anyway, I am making small steps at changing my situation. It was hard looking for a job when I had a time crunch, which makes looking for a new job now even that much more like pulling teeth. You would think that my contempt for what I am doing would spur me on, but alas, my procrastination and laziness win out more often than I would like to admit.

Back to the point.

I have two major career directions I am pursuing. One of which, I recently decided, is to work from home. My current job is essentially a technical writing position. I won’t go into detail for fear of inspiring the wrath of my current employer. But it has opened up my eyes to the possibilities. I am still in the very early stages of figuring out how to find remote job opportunities, though. One of my strategies is start writing my blog again. I am going to try to write articles that I can include in a portfolio. Less rambly, more organized.

I have the education to (hopefully) open some doors for me, but I recently discovered something that has rather appalled me. In looking for “academic freelance” jobs, I came across another dirty little secret about the institution in which I spent over a decade of my life.

There are people out there who have graduate degrees – masters degrees, doctorates – who did not write their own theses and dissertations! I was looking at some of the job postings and I realized that I would be writing papers for students in college. As an educator I found this appalling and I am not sure I could make enough money to get over the unethical nature of cheating students out of an education. But apparently, this is true for people in graduate school. I have a doctorate and can’t find a job that matches my qualifications. Others may have more success than me, they haven’t actually earned their qualification! I spent the majority of my adult life in school. I can’t even count the number of pages I have written during that time. Thousands, perhaps. I wrote every single page and I did not plagiarize a single word. And there are people out there that bought their degrees…literally!

I found this article, which just clinched my horror.

In conclusion, I intend on reviving this blog, but do not have a defined plan on how to do it just yet. And, I found another reason why academia is horribly broken and I just wanted to share.

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