Erika wrote: > How is academia "totally different" than the nonprofit sector? Academia is different in that there are different goals, motivations, and stakeholders. Also, you don't have tenure issues in non-profits. Non-profits seem to me to be groups of individuals that are there due to identity with the groups mission. I'm thinking of political or issue non-profits. The people there are in it for the mission more than the academic employees. The non-profit people have to guard against those volunteers who would do their jobs for free. These organizations also do not have revenue streams that academia has and are many times based on contributions or grants. I would think that job security at a non-profit would be tenuous. Academia is a strange and sometimes bizarre place. Those organizations are based on strict feudal system unlike anything I have ever seen. It is not merit based and most of the time is the resting place of folks who do not want to be in the "real" world. This can result in a cult of personality in some groups. The tenured people are the high priests and all the other people seem to fit together in the lower castes. There is constant pressure to guard your space and resources from those who want to take them. A good thing is that academic jobs are not as volatile as corporate jobs, but they don't usually pay very well. You have to like the lifestyle. I've just seen this from the outside and listened to the frustrations of people I know here in North Carolina, so take what I say with a grain of salt. It also may be different in your area/country. -- Visit http://www.misshunt.com/ for fun and creative items including the famous Clean/Dirty dishwasher magnet, now available in velcro.