“Regular” job market is no cake walk for PhDs: Bartram

January 10, 2019

PhDs who decide to leave the academic job market do not necessarily face any easier road to success in the “regular” job market, writes Erin Bartram. The reason, the author adds, is because the same forces that are eliminating full-time work and pushing instructors to part-time status in the post-secondary sector are also at work in the non-academic job market. Bartram explores a number of challenges faced by academics looking to enter non-academic jobs, which include continuing misperceptions of those with a doctoral education, employers’ doubts about the transferability of skills learned in a PhD program, and the competition that exists around all stable, good-paying jobs. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)