Work-life Balance; Arc of a Career
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:45pm Student Union: Mirage
Round Table Discussion
Alison Bridger, San Jose State University
Your goal is to reach retirement age with some measure of satisfaction in your professional life – but how much? A Nobel prize? Membership in every professional group you can think of? Publications in every journal you can think of? A long list of successful graduate students? Great teaching awards? Quiet satisfaction every night you go home? You also have a goal of reaching retirement age with good health, and good relationships with your partner, kids and pets. You also want time to watch and/or play baseball in summer, hockey in winter etc. At every stage of your career, it's hard to balance these – there are still only 24 hours in the day. What decisions have some of us made, and how have these changed from early to late career? Were these even conscious decisions?