got a taste of the job market for Ph.D. graduates when he
supervised several of them after earning his bachelor’s
degree. "It was incredible to me that they had gone
through so many years of rigorous training," says O’Malley
of his subordinates at his postbaccalaureate publishing
job, "only to be working under someone who’d barely
finished his undergrad work."
Still, the experience failed to deter him from pursuing
a graduate degree of his own: O’Malley currently is
enrolled in his second year of the history Ph.D. program
at Johns Hopkins University.
This article explores some challenges that Ph.D.
candidates face, from earning the degree to seeking
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