• Question: What are the downsides to your job?

    Asked by 344perq48 to Vassilis, Tirso, Matthew, Jane, Dawn, Alexandra on 13 Mar 2019.
    • Photo: Dawn Rose

      Dawn Rose answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      It is quite sedentary (i.e. a lot of sitting down reading and writing and programming and analyzing data) so you have to remind yourself to get up and move to stay healthy.

      Also, there can be a lot of rejection, or your ideas and papers and talks, and that can be quite hard to deal with, but it comes with the job so you have to toughen up.

      We all tend to work a lot more hours than we probably should because when you’re really interested in stuff, it can take over your life. But that can be a good thing too right!

    • Photo: Alexandra Quigley

      Alexandra Quigley answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      ADMIN! and lower pay than my friends in tech, marketing, etc. But I never have to work until midnight on a project or have to cancel my holiday

    • Photo: Vassilis Sideropoulos

      Vassilis Sideropoulos answered on 14 Mar 2019:

      Hmm, I would say dealing a lot with things that someone else should be dealing with them. For instance, there’s a phenomenon in academia where you have a huge workload of admin tasks (marking, creating lists for courseworks deadlines, creating Moodle pages etc.) and then I would say overwork. In most of the places people in Higher Education work more than they get paid, although we all do things that we like it can get very stressing when you run many projects, dealing with papers, rejections from grants and teaching and researching – but well, we can work from home and we can do our projects in our own pace (sometimes that’s not so good, but sometimes it is)