One of my first published books as a scholar was Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond (Wipf & Stock, 2011). In the last six years or so, I have received lots of positive feedback—more than any other piece of writing I have done to date. It feels gratifying to know it has helped lots of people who are interested in doctoral studies.
The reality, though, is that the path to getting a PhD and a permanent job has evolved and changed since 2011. Frankly, some of the material in my book is now outdated (e.g., the GRE process). So, I am working on an updated, second edition. I am even planning to incorporate some new material written by current or recent doctoral students from elite programs (since I earned my PhD almost ten years ago!)
Also, what advice helped guide YOU through the labyrinth of academia? What do you often pass on to others?
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