Transition Q & A: Niem Huynh

My latest blog post from University Affairs is an interview with Niem Huynh, a manager of graduate student recruitment at Concordia University.

Information interviews may not result in an immediate job offer, but if done right, the face-to-face meeting could be a fantastic opportunity to showcase your skills. One interviewee remembered me and sent me a notice of an upcoming opening. This was the beginning of a very happy work experience with graduate students in a staff position.

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What Lies Beneath? Dealing With Uncertainty During A Post-PhD Career Change

My latest writing can be found on LinkedIn:

Coming from academia, where the path is so clear (if increasingly unobtainable), leaves PhD career changers unused to what other folks may take for granted by now: that careers are winding roads, full of twists and turns. No amount of academic publishing or teaching can ensure success in this new landscape.

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Transition Update: Daniel Munro

My latest blog post on University Affairs is a Transition Update from Daniel Munro, director of policy projects at the Innovation Policy Lab in the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Dr. Munro first wrote about his transition from academia in April 2014.

My latest career changes have revealed again how supportive and generous people can be when you talk to them about your aspirations and ask for advice. I get many requests from PhD students and recent graduates to talk about my experience and to offer advice that might help with their careers. It’s a responsibility I take seriously. Admittedly, I can’t seem to find the time to speak with everyone, but I try.

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Transition Update: Alisa Harrison

My latest blog post on University Affairs is a Transition Update from Alisa Harrison, the executive director of the Victoria Division of Family Practice. Dr. Harrison first wrote about her transition in April 2013.

I think what surprised me most early on was the degree of intellectual challenge and engagement I could get without being in the academy. I really hadn’t realized that was possible. I’m still constantly amazed by the degree to which my PhD applies in a completely different setting. I trained as an historian of the 20th-century U.S., with a focus on African American and women’s history. I’ve learned to re-think what I studied to recognize the breadth of knowledge I gathered over time.

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Advice for PhDs seeking non-faculty jobs

My latest blog post for University Affairs has advice from Beyond the Professoriate‘s Career Day panelists for PhDs looking for non-faculty jobs.

PhDs can feel boxed into a limited range of job options, particularly just after graduate school or a postdoc. But doctoral degree holders work in a wide range of roles. I myself work as a life coach and entrepreneur, hardly what I expected I’d do after a history PhD! Career exploration was crucial in my case: I felt lukewarm about all the choices I thought I had; I needed to look elsewhere.

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The lineup for the 4th annual Beyond the Professoriate

My latest blog post for University Affairs has information on this year’s Beyond the Professoriate conference.

I love producing this conference every year. It’s wonderful to hear from so many speakers who’ve turned what’s often seen as a failure (to work as a tenure-track professor) into professional success and fulfillment. I hope you’ll consider joining us!

Read the full post here and sign up for the 4th Annual Beyond the Professoriate career conference here.

Transition Q & A: James McKee

My latest blog post from University Affairs is an interview with James McKee, director of research for the executive council of the Government of Alberta.

Most of what I do now is unrelated to what I did in my PhD program, which I am sure is not an uncommon claim for someone like me. But the fundamental interest that I had in tackling ideas and problems that got me interested in pursuing a career as an academic in the first place — and the skills I honed through many years of university — are skills that serve you well, wherever you might consider going next.

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Don’t let the fact that you have a PhD limit the way you see yourself

My latest blog on University Affairs discusses how each individual should decide their professional identity for themselves.

You can think of research as one of your many useful skills, one that may come in handy in whatever job you have, but not necessarily your primary skill, and certainly not your primary identity. You are welcome to think instead of yourself as a teacher, or an analyst, or a problem solver, or a communicator, or – in my case – as a community builder. These are all fine. You can think of yourself as a marketer or salesperson, or as a writer or editor, or as an artist or thinker. Don’t let the fact that you have a PhD limit the way you see yourself.

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Transition Q & A: Lisa Bélanger

My latest blog post from University Affairs is an interview with Dr. Lisa Bélanger, an award-winning researcher, innovator, and CEO of ConsciousWorks.

I knew I wanted to create impact for the work I had done in my PhD. I had become incredibly passionate about how seemingly small behaviours could have such a large impact on people’s health. While I worked specifically with cancer survivors, I was keen to also work with people before they got sick.

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