Sickness on a Ticking Clock: Mental Illness and Precarity in a Term-Limited Position

Our first LIS Mental Health blog post is an anonymous submission. “Be willing to relocate, and you’ll probably have to take a term-limited job at first.” It’s practical advice for new LIS grads; that’s the state of the field at the moment. As someone in her 20s from a privileged socioeconomic background without dependents or caring responsibilities, I thought these were conditions I could easily handle. I had a partner who was halfway through a degree program, so I knew a long-distance relationship was probably going to be in the cards for me at first, but I was ready to do what I needed to do for a stable career. My struggle to find a first LIS job ended up not being a struggle at all, which is a privileged…
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