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.

Read the full blog post here.

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.

Read the full post here.

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.

Read the full post here.

Webinar: Engaged Academics in the Age of Mass Distraction

Webinar: Engaged Academics in the Age of Mass Distraction

It’s been a crappy last few weeks in the US, and the crappiness is certainly creeping past the border. A lot of us feel strongly that we should do something — but what? And how? And what about all the other work we have to do?

It’s in this context that Maren Wood, my partner in Beyond the Professoriate, came up with the idea of us hosting an online workshop to help academics (broadly defined) figure out what their personal contribution could be. I agreed and we’ve invited our colleague Michelle Dionne Thompson to join us. So that makes three history PhDs who now work as coaches for academics (and lawyers too in Michelle’s case).

Interested? Join us this Friday, 3 March, at 12pm ET for this online workshop.

Learn more and sign up here to join us!

Transition Q & A: Stacy Lockerbie

My latest blog post for University Affairs is an interview with anthropologist and research associate in family medicine Stacy Locerbie:

I was tired and burnt out after graduate school; however, working in medicine has revived my passion for research. Although I am happy working outside of anthropology, I am grateful for the tool kit anthropology has supplied me. Throughout my academic pursuits for the Masters and the PhD, I have worked extensively on research overseas and have gained the tacit knowledge and patience about relationship building and connecting to people from different backgrounds. I feel like I have a unique voice that compliments that of physicians.

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How to prepare for a future job search

My newest blog post for University Affairs is about gearing up for a job search:

[I]f you’re midway through your graduate degree — or working a multi-year contract and considering your options for afterward — what can you do before applying for jobs?

A successful non-faculty job search comes down to three main things: skills, networking, and professionalism.

Read the full post here.