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Me too

My experience is similar. I think one generally goes "down" the status hierarchy in one's career. Incidentally, I recall reading a sociological study of academics that concluded that where one is 10 years after one's Ph.D. is, generally, where one will be the rest of one's career. Upward mobility is near impossible. Indeed, one way "around" this that I have seen is for people to get involved in administration. It is easier to move up as an administrator than as a faculty member.

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