Articles

"So you think you want a tenure-track job?", by Liz Swan

Liz Swan explains how she realized that what is often considered the Holy Grail for early-career researchers, the tenure-track job, was not what she wanted after all.

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

"Boost your job prospects by attending campus careers events for PhDs", by Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey highlights the benefits of attending the various career events that are available to PhD students, from campus career events to career events from their professional organizations.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 2:15pm

"‘What jobs can I do with my degree?’ – a practical exercise” by Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey explains a three-part practical exercise to discover the unique and transferable skills PhD students build up during degrees that do not lead to an obvious profession, such as the humanities. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 2:15pm

"How the Academic Job Market Sets PhDs up for Failure in a Non-Faculty Job Search" by L. Maren Wood

L. Maren Wood explains how the slow pace and extensively edited, long CVs and cover letters of the academic job search set PhDs up for failure on the fast-paced, networking-focused alt-ac job market, and offers suggestions on how to avoid the pitfalls of academic job training for PhDs looking for alt-ac careers.

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 2:00pm

"Transitional work experience: Why? Where? How?", by Stacy Hartman

Stacy Hartman discusses how PhD students can obtain transitional work experience through internships and summer jobs when they have never held a full-time position outside of academia.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 5:00pm

"A PhD is a rosette, not a career path", by Andrew Clappison

Andrew Clappison explains how he changed his perspective on academic and alt-ac careers by realizing that a PhD is not a "fast-streamed way into a specific career--not even academia".

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

"Discover the 20+ transferable skills that make PhDs totally employable" by Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey shows how skills acquired during the PhD can be transferred to an alt-ac career.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
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June 28, 2017: "Graduate Career Consortium" at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX

This year, the annual Graduate Career Consortium Conference will be held in Houston, on June 28, 2017. The conference themes are Innovation and Insight; and the program will again include a pre-conference session to be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 for members who are new to the profession or new to working specifically with graduate students and postdocs.
 

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:15pm

"Leaving Academia: Loss, Grief, and Healing" by Lisa Munroe

Lisa Munro shares her process of grieving for the academic career that never came after her PhD, and offers coping strategies to deal with the "worst breakup of your life".

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 2:30pm

"A PhD is a qualification, not an identity", by Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey explains how thinking of yourself as a "professional with a PhD" avoids the "PhD-er identity" and simultaneously makes you more attractive to employers.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 2:30pm