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Why Black Women Are Leaving Academia & Transitioning To Other Careers

Even as a teenager, 37-year-old Jennifer from London always knew that she wanted to work in academia. Inspired by this teenage dream and her love for teaching, research and writing, she planned to be an academic once she completed her PhD in sociology. She’d often envision that her days would be filled with researching and teaching about all the obscure topics she loved.

After completing her program and undergoing a gruelling hiring process – which involved submitting multiple papers and proposals – she eventually got a job as an adjunct professor. At first, it was great. She had a job she loved at an idyllic location. But soon enough the ungodly working hours and heavy workload started to take a toll on her.