Articles

"Overqualified – what does that mean?," by Anne Krook

Former University of Michigan professor turned workplace consultant, Anne Krook, writes about being labeled overqualified for certain types of work after one receives an advanced degree. 

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 11:15am

"Reflections – My Parliamentary Internship Experience," by Dr. Daniel Amund

Dr. Daniel Amund, Academic Mentor at London Metropolitan University, London, UK, writes about his experience doing an internship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)  during the third year of his Ph.D. training. 

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 11:15am

"The emotional aftermath of leaving academics, part 4: reclaiming what you miss," by Anne Krook

Former University of Michigan professor Anne Krook writes a four part series on the process of leaving academia.

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 11:00am

"Five Alt-Ac Careers for the Passionate Teacher," by Anne Guarnera

Anne Guarnera, Ph.D. candidate in Spanish at the University of Virginia, offers insights on five possible fields of employment--other than secondary school teaching and tutoring--for which former graduate students would be particularly suited. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 11:00am

"How I Left the Academy: A Meditation on Personal Values Part I," by Jessica A. Hutchins

Jessica A. Hutchins discusses several personal revelations that lead her to consider a career outside of academia after finishing her graduate program. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 10:45am

"How I Left the Academy: A Meditation on Personal Values Part II," by Jessica A. Hutchins

Jessica A. Hutchins offers a follow-up piece to her previous post in which she considers the concept of "value" and its variable significance amongst individuals in graduate programs. Additionally, she offers a critical lens on certain aspects of academic culture that she found valuable and has had to sacrifice as a result of her decision to leave the academy. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 10:45am

"The Joy of Teaching: Leaving My Ph.D. Program for Elementary Education," by Anonymous

An anonymous contributor to The Alt-Ac Diaries writes about her decision to leave a German studies Ph.D. program to pursue a career in elementary education. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 3:00pm

"5 Tips to Keeping Your Priorities Straight While Working on Your Ph.D.," from Academic EQ

Academic EQ offers a few tips for staying on track to complete one's Ph.D. program, especially if one is considering a career outside of academia. 

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 8:00pm

"To Explore Career Options, Try This Autobiographical Exercise," by Liz Koblyk

Liz Koblyk outlines a mode of autobiographical sketching, initially developed by her colleagues Laurie Barlow and Debbie Nifakis, to assist graduate students in realizing the skills that they can bring to a range of non-academic or alt-academic professions. 

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 8:00pm

"'Leaving Without Leaving': Using Your Grad Student Cred in the Student Services World," by Jesse Hausler

Jessie Hausler writes about her transition from her English M.A. program to a career in student support services as an admissions specialist in the financial aid office of a community college. 

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 7:45pm