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December 5, 2015


How I became a professor

by Jess Guth

If you’re thinking about an academic career, this might provide you with some inspiration. A recent post by the wonderful Tamara Hervey, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law



An old “blog”, originally not written as a blog. Recently someone (Gauthier de Beco ,whom I don’t even know yet, but with whom I hope to be collaborating soon, emailed to say he had found it encouraging. So I thought it was worth sharing here:

How I became a professor

Tamara Hervey, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, School of Law University of Sheffield (

Even as an undergraduate, I knew that I would value autonomy over my work more highly than salary. I didn’t want to have a boss, or work as part of a much bigger team, without any control over what work I was doing, or the hours during which I did it. I wanted to do a professional job, but one over which I had some say over the direction of my work. I also wanted to have some kind…

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  1. Britsrundisney
    Dec 5 2015

    Thanks for reflagging this Jess – I sent an email to a potential supervisor for a phd i’d like to apply for this morning, so this couldn’t have come at a better time for me! I’m fairly sure a career in research/academia is what I want, but it never hurts to hear why others chose that career and get some guidance to make 100% sure it’s what I want.

  2. Britsrundisney
    Dec 5 2015

    that was meant to say re-blogging… my mac likes to change words 😛


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