Alt-Ac Careers and Closing the Door

I found an interesting read this week on alternative careers for doctoral students. The topic was “career-diversity” in higher education, a process to teach PhD students about alternative career tracks. As we know, there are not enough tenure-track positions for today’s doctoral students. I’ve written several blogs on the topic of alternative careers for non-academic creatives.

With 67,449 PhD graduates (2014 figures), it’s unrealistic to think that higher education will provide tenured jobs for all these people. Tenure-track jobs have no mandatory retirement age – the situation has not changed since the 1980s. Why is this suddenly a problem? What are the career choices for graduates outside of academia?

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“What Can You Be with a PhD”

A doctorate degree can take you anywhere. You can work in many areas including social enterprise businesses, start-ups, non-profits, academia or industries you never thought about for a career. You can be a researcher, scholar-practitioner, academic, scientist, consultant, or social entrepreneur. A yearly event called “What Can You Be with a PhD” (WCUB) Career Symposium at New York University can help you explore your career options. And according to the blog, it’s the “largest career  symposium” in the country. The event was organized by the NYU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

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Creative Careers: Public Intellectual

Public intellectual. A what? How many people have ever heard of one? My guess is probably not many.  A public intellectual (PI) is an expert of sorts.  And while a PI is likely to be a PhD or doctoral student, academia might not be their only home.

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Navigating Today’s Academic Job Market

he world of higher education can be a mystery for many graduate students. Finding a job in today’s academic market is a challenge. Many doctoral students still believe that they will get a tenured job. But is this the best career move? Is it really what you want? Maybe it’s time to get back to basics – why do you need a PhD in the first place?

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The Upside of Higher Ed Downsizing

The other day I took a peek at my groups on Linkedin. Some groups send weekly newsletters and emails to the members. But it was time for my weekly check in to see what’s going on. What’s happening at my Alma mater?

I happened to find a post on my Walden University group. As you know, Dr. Patti Mason and I are alums from Walden University. We struggled together to get our doctorates – Walden will always have a special place in our hearts.

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Smart Moves and Career Choices

May and June is the graduation season for many colleges and universities. It’s a time for new graduates to look ahead to career options, time off, or preparation for graduate school. How you apply your education is up to you.

Dr. Patti Mason and I believe in getting the maximum value for the time, money, and energy we spent in school. But we realize that education is not for everyone. If you’re  in career transition mode, here’s a look at some smart moves and career choices for graduate students in any discipline.

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Education: Inspiration On The Road

As our regular readers know, Dr. Patti Mason and I are alumni from Walden University. Dr. Patti earned her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specializing in leadership and social change from the School of Management. I earned my PhD in public policy specializing in policy analysis, sustainable communities, and public management and leadership from the School of Public Policy and Administration.

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