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Inexhaustive List of Jobs not Received with a Humanities PhD

Inexhaustive List of Jobs not Received with a Humanities PhD from a “World Class” University

Assistant Professor at a University (37)

One-Year Visiting Professor at a University (6)

Adjunct Lecturer at a University (4)

Post-doctoral Researcher at a University (5) (6)*

Acquisitions Editor for a University Press

Associate Editor for a Textbook Publisher

Translator for a Media Company (3)

Copy Editor for Media Company (4)

Copy Writer for Media Company (2)

Proof Reader for Media Company

Fact Checker for Media Company

Cultural Arts Administrative Assistant for a Nonprofit

Production Assistant for a Film Festival

Generic Office Work at a Conservatory

Receptionist (3)

Temp (2)


*My mistake posting before end of business today.

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Dan holds a PhD in Music History from a major Canadian university and is now pursuing a M.Ed in Higher Education at another one, because he likes to collect very expensive paper. He performs stand-up comedy at venues all over Toronto when he's not busy playing JRPGs with his cat, Roy. You can follow him at @incontrariomotu, but he isn't going anywhere. You can also send him a tip on PayPal ( if you like his work!


  1. May 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm —

    Ouch!  The solace I can offer is that now  I can look back on my box of 100+ rejection letters (they used to mail you physical letters once upon a time!) for jobs that my Biology PhD and 2 postdocs with world famous scientists failed to earned for me.  One day you’ll get that perfect position and realize how lucky you were in that none of the others worked out.


    Dr. Pangloss

  2. May 5, 2017 at 4:41 pm —

    Mailed rejection letters? How quaint!

    Now they just never contact you, forcing you to spend weeks or months checking via backchannels and anonymous wikis to see if the search has moved on without you.

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