Before I started my PhD (which feels like a century ago even though it’s not), my Fiend memorably said to me “As for an academic career, I’d say forget it”.  The irony was that I hadn’t thought about it in order to be able to forget about it.  This is from Cath Feely on the trials and tribulations of finding an academic job now and a century ago.

Source: Securing an academic career: Past and present