To have a ‘career’ is one of the central features that defines the lives of academics, professionals, authors and artists. The word ‘career’ [continue ….]

I discern three major stages of my life-course with respect to the career dimension:


  • the pre-career stage that covers my childhood, adolesence and student years up to the late 20s, before I decided to make a career in Academia. At this stage I rarely thought about my future prospects.
  • the career stage from the age of 27 when I got tenure at the university and began to think about how I could pursue an academic career. For the next  40+ years my life was centered around being successful in my academic job.
  • a post-career (emeritus) stage after I retired from my professorship at the Universoty of Copenhagen; from that moment I lost all interest in pursuing a career and making success.