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04/07/2017

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Amanda

I won't delve too far into the should you or should you not go thing, other than to say it is a big and risky decision and be ready for the possibility that you will not get a job. I will say that unless you get into Oxford, I would consider going to the US rather than the UK. The US has an entire market of teaching schools that the UK lacks, and you will only get teaching experience if you are in the US. Look at the placement records of US schools, and you will find many lower ranked ones with very good placement records at teaching schools. I do think you have a chance at getting in as well. The downside of US schools is they take much longer, but you will probably be getting teaching experience during those longer years. I know several folks from Europe have gotten TT teaching positions in the US. All in all, you probably have to be single (or at least without kids) and willing to risk many years of low income and job insecurity if you want to transfer. It's up to you if that is something you consider worth while. (Depending on your situation, you might try a couple years in the US and then leave after a Master's degree if you don't like it. Whether that is good idea will depend on how easily you can get a job in your own country I guess.)

professore italiano

I am an Italian and I pursued my PhD in another country. I was lucky to land a TT job out of graduate school, but I wish somebody told me to look at the Philosophy Gourmet Report back then.
If you haven't done it yet, have a look at it.

"Would it in fact enhance my prospect for a philosophical career to any significant degree?"
I don't know. I think it matters a lot where you want to pursue your career. If you want to work in US/UK/Canada, then a PhD from a "Leiterrific" institution is certainly an advantage. In my case, having a PhD from a non-Italian institution would not be a disadvantage if I were to pursue a career in Italy. Here's the thing: networking is essential in philosophy, but my AOS is very narrow and I believe that a good 70% of folks working in my field in my home country knows my name - we met at conferences etc. I never had a career in Italy because of the dire situation there, but I am confident that, had the situation been better, my PhD from abroad would not have been a disadvantage. In fact, it might even be an advantage (Italians tend to like almost everything coming from outside of their country - that is, except food).
But I don't know whether this could apply to other countries as well. I know of many PhD students (from China or Chile) who came to well known programs to get their PhDs, with a job waiting for them in their home countries.

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