A Q&A with Miya Tokumitsu

Published at Chronicle Vitae on September 30, 2015.

Passion becomes the main motivator for one’s work. This happens in academia. Pick a topic that interests you. Dedicate 6, 7, or even 10 years of your life to this topic of inquiry. Value your work above all else. Your job is more than a job; it is vocation. The vocation language drives me up a wall. DWYL maneuvers people by telling us that you have to do all of this because there’s that dream job waiting on you. There’s no reality check about what the labor market looks like for Ph.D.s.