Beyond the Professoriate
“Throughout grad school, I always thought about how I could leverage my research, writing, analytical, and communication skills if an academic job never panned out.”
Sarah Lockyer, an Acadian from New Brunswick, earned her PhD in bioarchaeology at Bournemouth University in the U.K. She is now the Canadian Armed Forces’s casualty identification coordinator and forensic anthropologist. She can be found on Twitter @s_lockyer. What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD? Truth be told, […]
You do not have to accept the labour conditions that have become the norm in universities, even if you are passionate about research and teaching.
The goal of the conference is to help PhDs move into meaningful, rewarding careers where they can thrive.
Engaging students in community partnerships is one way for them to get an authentic experience in a non-academic context.
“I’m surprised, in a good way, by the extent to which some of my personal traits, which were not of particular help to me in academia, are very helpful to me at my current job,” says Sarah.
All of the advice stems from the common thread that institutions, now more than ever, must do something to train students for a variety of career fields.
Read about two students who participated in the PhD Co-op and how it benefited their career trajectories.
“Fundamentally my overarching objective is to support researchers in driving their research program via securing national, European, or international funding awards and grants,” says Hayley.
“The traits and abilities which make medical science liaisons successful are the same that make a successful doctoral or postdoctoral scientist,” says the founder of Meristem Health.
In addition to how-to workshops and panel discussions, this year’s career education conference will include a series of career spotlights from PhDs working in a variety of fields.
Helium‘s approach is to interview guests from both inside and outside academia to help early career researchers make choices strategically, rather than reactively.
A successful career transition starts with an adviser who’s supportive, encouraging, and open to different ways of defining professional victory.
While individual initiative is vital, a larger cultural shift is needed.
Aurora is designed to help students explore career options and learn strategies they need to find non-faculty careers.
What has and hasn’t worked at institutions that support career development and professionalization.
No one book can cover everything a job seeker might find useful to know, but with that in mind, Parachute is an excellent resource for anyone seeking employment outside academia.
Moving from a PhD in religious studies to working at a teaching and learning centre has sparked an interest in communications and marketing for Dr. Muravchick.
Conferences are a great space to expand your network of higher-ed contacts.
As pioneers in building careers that use their experience as scholars and teachers, former academics can show you what is possible.