Publications

Most of my writing is on this website or (for posts from September 2014) on my University Affairs blog. I haven’t included these pieces here — this list is for other writings.

“Professor discovers interesting work outside the academy, mind is blown,” LinkedIn, 31 March 2017.

“I am Jennifer Polk, and This is How I Work,” PhD Talk, 28 March 2017.

“10 Starter Tips on Using Twitter for Business and Pleasure,” Medium.com, 8 September 2016.

“Where Do PhDs Work Outside the Academy? Plus, my favourite free resources for career exploration for graduate students and recent PhDs,” Medium.com, 13 May 2016.

“What can I do now to get ready for my career after graduate school?” Medium.com, 31 March 2016.

“Organizing an Academic Conference? Don’t Forget Twitter!” Medium.com, 9 March 2016.

It’s OK to Quit Your PhD,” SAS Confidential reblog, 11 February 2016. Originally featured on University Affairs.

Vous avez le droit de ne pas terminer votre doctorat,” Affaires Universitaires, 18 February 2016. Read the English-language version here.

PhD Perspective: What I learned at Mitacs Step workshops,” Mitacs blog, 27 Aug 2015. Read the French-language version here.

Life after the thesis,” Exchanges, Wiley blog, 15 May 2015.

Top 10 Tips on Making the Transition from PhD to Whatever Comes Next,” MyGradSkills.ca blog, 24 Apr 2015.

PhD and then what? Life beyond the professoriate,” It’s Not Academic, HEQCO blog, 14 Apr 2015.

What career coaches can do for PhD holders,” University Affairs, 7 Apr 2015; May 2015 print issue, p. 52. Digital version of the print article available here.

“Not just ‘a loser with a PhD’: Three questions to ask yourself upon leaving academia,” Conversations in Academia, 7 Apr 2015. Republished on Medium.com as “3 Questions for Job Seekers with a PhD.”

PhD – Fight or Flight,” co-authored with Stewart Barker, Microbe Stew, 5 Mar 2015.

From History Ph.D. to Life Coach?Vitae, 9 Sep 2014.

My Patchwork Post-Academic Community,” Vitae, 8 May 2014.

A Ph.D.’s Path to Entrepreneurship,” Vitae, 12 Feb 2014.

“From PhD to Life: My Post-Ac Transition So Far,” in Moving On: Essays on the Aftermath of Leaving Academia (ebook, Jan 2014). Click the title to see the Amazon.com listing; here’s the Kobo Store listing.

Life beyond the PhD,” Academic Matters, 29 Nov 2013.

Op-ed, “Yes, PhD grad, there is life outside the Ivory Tower,” The Globe & Mail, 20 Nov 2013.