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By JENNIFER POLK | January 09 2018

This is a guest post by Raj Dhiman, PhD, who works as an inside sales manager (small business) at Rogers Communication. Unemployment hurts. Plain and simple. I experienced it when I left academia about five years ago. I was PhD in hand and applying for the “obvious” jobs: assistant professor, research scientist, postdoc. No luck. […]

By JENNIFER POLK | December 08 2017

Today, the civil service is lean, constantly under pressure to deliver high-quality results while keeping departmental budgets low.

By MAREN WOOD | November 28 2017

Kara Brisson-Boivin created a program at Carleton University that plants the seeds of career transition early in the PhD process by weaving it into the curriculum, as well as professional development training.

By JENNIFER POLK | November 14 2017

Guest writer Jessica Hartshorn says conferences can, and should, be a place to add to your reputation and develop name recognition.

By MAREN WOOD | November 02 2017

The more open universities are about where their PhDs are getting jobs, the better equipped current students are to forge their own career paths.

By MAREN WOOD | October 17 2017

Bringing together individuals and institutions from across North America who are actively working to help smart, creative people move from graduate studies into meaningful work.

By JENNIFER POLK | October 02 2017

The name of this blog is changing.

By JENNIFER POLK | August 25 2017

Ms. Steel explains that the days of staying at one company for an entire career are gone. So accept it, take risks, always learn, and see where it leads.

By JENNIFER POLK | July 14 2017

Niem Huynh earned her PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University in geography (geography education). She is currently enjoying her role as manager, graduate student recruitment at Concordia University where she works with stakeholders to implement timely and meaningful connections with prospective graduate students. Niem is an explorer of career opportunities, having worked in the high school, […]

By JENNIFER POLK | June 28 2017

Self-described as intellectually restless, Daniel has pivoted his career to focus on innovation policy.

By JENNIFER POLK | May 25 2017

“There are no limits to what a PhD can prepare you to do, and what matters most is that you are doing work you find fulfilling and that meets your practical needs, not whether or not your advisers approve or your school sees you as a ‘success.’”

By JENNIFER POLK | May 18 2017

Since their last Q&As, both Mélanie’s and Kyla’s portfolios have grown, giving them the opportunity to work with a variety of departments.

By JENNIFER POLK | April 28 2017

I’m gearing up to co-host the Beyond the Professoriate conference once again this May. It’s the fourth annual event, and there’s a great lineup of speakers presenting. I asked our Day 1 (Career Day) panellists to share advice they have for graduate students and PhDs who are seeking – or at least considering – non-faculty careers. How can they […]

By JENNIFER POLK | April 12 2017

This year’s online career conference for PhDs promises lots of helpful information for both the academic and non-academic job search.

By JENNIFER POLK | March 31 2017

“I knew what the government needed — someone to help them better respond to the public through thoughtful research design.”

By JENNIFER POLK | March 21 2017

As a PhD, you can think of research as one of your many useful skills, but it is not necessarily your primary identity.

By JENNIFER POLK | March 02 2017

Dr. Lisa Bélanger is an award-winning researcher, innovator, and she is CEO of ConsciousWorks, a consulting firm that teaches people how insights from behavioural science can improve their personal and professional lives. Dr. Belanger holds a PhD in behavioural medicine from the University of Alberta, is a certified exercise physiologist, a published author of Inspire Me Well: […]

By JENNIFER POLK | February 23 2017

“As an anthropologist, I would never have access to the hospital in such ways.”

By JENNIFER POLK | February 14 2017

Hillary Hutchinson earned a MA in social anthropology and a MEd in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s now a career coach specializing in academic writing and the transition out of academia.

By JENNIFER POLK | February 01 2017

In early January I travelled to Denver to attend the American Historical Association meeting. I went to represent Beyond the Professoriate — the professional development business that I run with Maren Wood, a fellow history PhD turned entrepreneur. We spoke with graduate students, recent PhDs, and other historians who are interested in non-faculty careers. Many […]