The Defectors, Series 3: Parting Words for the Road Ahead

We've reached the end of the third series of The Defectors, and I want to thank each of my ten participants for their consideration and candor as they shared their stories. The community that has come together around this particular stage in work has blown me away, and I'm happy to have gotten to share … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Parting Words for the Road Ahead

The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Corey, Ashlie, Mike, and Liz

I feel like I keep reliving the Anger Phase of the SA Break up a lot due to my job. I'm privy to a lot of salary information in a lot of different fields due to being in staffing. -Mike Conte, Staffing Professional and Proud Defector In this week's edition of Defectors in Conversation, you … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Corey, Ashlie, Mike, and Liz

The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Anne, Greg, and Nicolle

With the skill-sets and knowledge I had to draw upon, would I really have something cogent and on-point to say to professionals in other fields? As it turns out, the answer is yes, and that fear for the most part dissipated. -Greg Sadler, Entrepreneur and Proud Defector In this week's edition of Defectors in Conversation, … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Anne, Greg, and Nicolle

The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Bonnie, Chelsea, and Sharon

The long term security of a known paycheck, health insurance and retirement that went away was very scary. I struggled with the pros and cons for about a year before actually making the leap. BUT once the words came out of my mouth…it was like an elephant was lifted off my chest and it was … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Bonnie, Chelsea, and Sharon

The Defectors, Series 3: Defectors in Conversation

Today marks the start of the third series of The Defectors, and you might find it's taken on a different form from its last two iterations. And there's a reason for that. When I first Defected, one of the biggest challenges I never expected to feel was feeling isolated. Between going into business for myself, … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Defectors in Conversation

Call for Submissions: The Defectors, Season 3

Season 3. We back. The time has come to share your stories. I'm gathering a new set of dispatches for The Defectors, my now annual series about the interesting and fulfilling ways that I and others are using their higher education experience in new fields. Former faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education are encouraged … Continue reading Call for Submissions: The Defectors, Season 3

The Defectors, Series 2: A Different Look at “Defection”

(I've said much of what I want to say about the conclusion of this series in last year's closings, which you can find here and here. But there's a bit more...so read on!) "Why the word 'Defector?'" About a week into this edition of The Defectors, I got this question from my agent Ken, who … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 2: A Different Look at “Defection”

The Defectors, Series 2: Kayley Robsham, Presence

  Today's Defectors contributor post, the last of series 2, comes from Presence's Kayley Robsham. Not sure what we're doing here yet? All is revealed here. It’s been two years since I wrote my first post about defecting. I learned so much from falling out of love with a career path in residence life I thought … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 2: Kayley Robsham, Presence