This week’s post over at University Affairs is all about professional development. Here’s the first paragraph:
On Monday I finish a coaching class. This will be the second professional development course I’ve done since getting my PhD in 2012. Back then, I’d never thought I’d see another classroom ever again! And, it’s true, I haven’t: My coaching courses are all over the phone! But still; you understand.
Read the rest of “Why you should continue your professional development.” And then let me know what you think!
I love these posts! Here’s another great Q & A, this time with Maureen McCarthy, a recent English PhD who parlayed her skills and interests into a good “alternative-academic” job in a city she wanted to be in. Here’s a bit of the interview:
What kind of tasks do you do on a daily and weekly basis?
One of the positive aspects of my job is that it changes every day. I write a lot, in many different genres: communications with CGS members, articles for our newsletter, grant applications, panel proposals, policies. Right now I am researching for a white paper, so my everyday tasks are similar to my dissertating days — compiling an annotated bibliography and adding sources to Zotero — but I also have meetings to attend, calls with current and potential members to complete, and other assorted tasks associated with building our new advancement program.
Read the full post over at University Affairs. Tweet Maureen @maureentmcc.
Today’s post is a reflection on the academy, what comes after, and taking control of one’s life. I’d love to know what you think! Here’s the first bit:
Earlier this week I spoke on the phone with Ysette Guevara, a fellow PhD and post-academic who runs her own business helping young people transition to adulthood. Our business values line up well, and so do our stories of career transition after our doctorates. You know how much I love meeting new people (aka networking), and this conversation was both fun and inspiring.
I asked Ysette about her biggest learning from her years since earning a PhD. “Be vulnerable,” she told me, citing Brene Brown. “Have no shame. Be fearless about sharing ideas.”
To read the rest of the post, head over to my University Affairs blog!
UK geography PhD Sarah-Louise Quinnell tells us about her new job at Mactrac, an online tutoring site. (Who knew there was such a thing? Not me!) Read the Q & A on my University Affairs blog.
In my latest post for University Affairs, I gush about being part of the wonderful community of PhDs helping out other PhDs. One of them, Maren Wood from Lilli Research Group, and I are excited to announce a virtual conference, coming this May!
It’s called Beyond the Professoriate, and it will feature panel discussions about alternative- and post-academic careers on May 3 and keynote presentations from experts on May 10. We’re thrilled to announce this and hope you’ll consider joining us either as a presenter or virtual audience member. For complete details, including the call for papers, head over to my website.
That’s the end of the post. Read the rest of “In service of PhDs (and a post-academic CFP).”
I was a pro at managing my research notes and ideas during my MA. After that, not so much.
Now that I’ve launched another major self-directed project — my new career, that is — I want to learn from past mistakes. Last weekend I resolved to do something about it. After soliciting advice and suggestions from my Twitter followers, taking the advice of my friend Liz to heart, and searching the Internet, I opted to give Evernote a shot, and the Secret Weapon‘s method in particular.
To read the rest of my post over at University Affairs, click here. What works for you?
My post-academic friend and colleague Maren Wood—who also happened to be in my MA history class at Carleton University way back when—is the latest contributor to the Q & A series! After years of being an “alternative academic” and an adjunct, she started her own business.
What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD?
I had always imagined I’d be a professor. It never occurred to me that I would do anything other than teach history. But, I graduated in 2009, one of the worst years to enter the academic job market. After three years applying for tenure track jobs and post-docs, I decided to end my quest for academic employment and find other ways to contribute to society.
To read the full post, head over to my University Affairs blog!
Happy New Year! After a nice long holiday break, I’m back to work this week. This morning my latest post appeared on my University Affairs blog. Here’s an excerpt:
I want to write every day, and produce more blog posts and pieces for publication elsewhere. Since mid-November I’ve been published by the Globe & Mail, Academic Matters, and in the ebook Moving On: Essays on the Aftermath of Leaving Academia, and I want to continue to spread the word about all things PhDs in 2014. I need to do this if I’m to accomplish my professional goals. I know that writing also enhances my personal well-being. The trouble is, writing is hard and producing writing that’s fit for reading is time consuming.
Click here to find out what works for me when it comes to writing.
Happy 1-year blogging anniversary to me! Wow, that went quick. But I completely forgot about this birthday when I wrote the title of my latest post for University Affairs, so taking stock has nothing to do with my blog. Instead, I write about a couple coaching exercises, Marty Seligmans’s theory of well-being, and the importance of gratitude. Check it out here.
Earlier this week my Q & A with English PhD Joe Fruscione was posted to my University Affairs blog! He’s making the transition to post-academic employment, dropping full-time adjuncting in favour of a freelance career as a writer, editor, tutor, and teacher:
Now, I’m at peace with my decision to leave after this year: I’m set up to do some editing and writing-consultation work, for which I’ll draw on the skills and knowledge I’ve gained in the last 16 years in higher ed as a student and teacher-scholar. I’ve always been a great editor and proofreader, and I’m happy that I’ll employ these skills regularly in the near future.
For lots more from Joe, check out the original post!