Every week or so we see another article in the mainstream or Higher Education press telling smart young people that going to graduate school in the humanities is a waste of time and money. We seem to be coming to the point qualitative researchers would call "saturation", where new data doesn't … [Read more...] about Taking responsibility for your career
The posts in this category are addressed primarily to PhD students. My primary audience are those who are working in academia or in the process of getting their first academic job. However, to get there you have to get the PhD finished.
It is a fact of life that if you want an academic job you need to publish. I wrote a bit about this over on the Careers Café blog at University Affairs. For most early career academics, or PhD students contemplating academic careers, this means thinking about your dissertation. Why publish your … [Read more...] about Publishing from your dissertation
On Wednesday November 17th, 2010, I spoke to graduate students at Carleton University about careers after grad school. This post is based on part of what I said. It is directed not only to graduate students but also to the faculty that advise them. For most doctoral students, the … [Read more...] about Shifting the career focus in doctoral education
Trying to articulate the value of your PhD is complicated by the fact that debates about the value of education (at any level) are dominated by an instrumentalist, employment preparation discourse. I recall having a conversation with a friend back in the early 1990s in which she told me that her … [Read more...] about The value of education
It's all well and good for me to say it isn't the right question. People still ask it. People you care about. People you have trouble ignoring or being snarky to. So what do you say? Assume the best intentions Whenever you are faced with a stomach cramp inducing question like this, it is … [Read more...] about Useful answers for “What are you going to do with that?”