Skip navigation


By MAREN WOOD | February 18 2019

Jen and I were invited as guests on the Helium podcast recently. We asked the show’s co-hosts, Drs Christine Ogilvie Hendren and Matt Hotze, to share why they started the show, how they plan to guide the audience, and what to expect if you download and listen. Maren: Why did you start Helium podcast? Matt: […]

By MAREN WOOD | January 31 2019

A successful career transition starts with an adviser who’s supportive, encouraging, and open to different ways of defining professional victory.

By JENNIFER POLK | November 26 2018

While individual initiative is vital, a larger cultural shift is needed.

By MAREN WOOD | November 01 2018

Aurora is designed to help students explore career options and learn strategies they need to find non-faculty careers.

By MAREN WOOD | October 23 2018

What has and hasn’t worked at institutions that support career development and professionalization.

By JENNIFER POLK | September 27 2018

No one book can cover everything a job seeker might find useful to know, but with that in mind, Parachute is an excellent resource for anyone seeking employment outside academia.

By JENNIFER POLK | August 24 2018

Moving from a PhD in religious studies to working at a teaching and learning centre has sparked an interest in communications and marketing for Dr. Muravchick.

By JENNIFER POLK | August 17 2018

Conferences are a great space to expand your network of higher-ed contacts.

By MAREN WOOD | July 19 2018

As pioneers in building careers that use their experience as scholars and teachers, former academics can show you what is possible.

By JENNIFER POLK | July 10 2018

Helen Kang earned her PhD in sociology, with a focus on medical sociology and history, from Simon Fraser University. She is now a self-employed consultant who specializes in health-care communication. Find her online on LinkedIn and at What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD? I was very […]

By JENNIFER POLK | June 07 2018

The degree will probably not get you the job, but hiring managers will recognize that you have critical thinking and project management skills, says one panelist.

By JENNIFER POLK | May 21 2018

Victoria Abboud, PhD, holds a bachelor of science and honours bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Windsor. She earned MA and PhD degrees in English literary and cultural studies (minor in rhetoric and composition) at Wayne State University. While completing her doctorate, and after seven years of contract teaching, Victoria secured a full-time teaching […]

By MAREN WOOD | April 30 2018

Precarity is a staple of our professional culture, and once we understand the challenges, we can develop strategies for overcoming them.

By MAREN WOOD | April 13 2018

By using the internet in an intentional way, you’ll be empowered to conduct an effective, less stressful job search.

By JENNIFER POLK | April 09 2018

Read part 3 in our series on what to expect when working beyond the professoriate.

By MAREN WOOD | March 26 2018

We think all PhD students would benefit from attending, and that includes individuals who are committed to securing an academic position after graduation.

By JENNIFER POLK | March 20 2018

Lindy Ledohowski has a PhD in English, and is co-founder and CEO of EssayJack Inc., an educational start-up company. She was previously a tenure-track professor of English at the University of Waterloo. Lindy wrote a Transition Q & A in May 2016. Read that here. Connect with her on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter @DoctorLindy, […]

By JENNIFER POLK | March 07 2018

Follow how Jared started his career in academe, left to work in the public service and then came back to work as a professor.

By JENNIFER POLK | February 23 2018

Learn more about various office designs, potential meeting frequency, whether electronics are provided, as well as how much travel could be involved in a non-academic workplace.

By MAREN WOOD | February 12 2018

Jennifer Polk and Maren Wood want faculty, students and administrators to be careful when they interpret the data found in the 10,000 PhDs report.