Nearly two years into my graduate school experience, I now feel qualified to write this post--especially since it is an aggregation of others' experiences and recommendations. This is by no means all the relevant wisdom, but hopefully it will be a useful resource for others who are earlier in the process than I am. The immediate impetus for this post was this recent interview with Gary King:>
The highlight is at 4:33 when he says:
Another general suggestion is that most academics tend to use the same methods their whole career and they’re the methods that they learned in graduate school. Don’t be like them, right? That’s the first suggestion. Don’t be like them. Keep learning tools. The second suggestion is to realize that, realize the social science generalization that people are who they are. People tend to be the same and you’re probably going to be like them. What that means is that when you’re in graduate school or you’re an undergraduate, pick up the tools because the tools will enable you to do the things that others haven’t been able to do. So if you have the choice, take some statistics courses, take some courses in political methodology, take a computer science course or two now and then you’ll have a framework on which to build. Then you can prove me wrong after you become a professor and you can learn more tools, but those tools will be taken to the next level.
The full list of recommended reading, watching, and listening is here.