Discussing nonacademic career plans with an advisor requires care, risk evaluation

November 8, 2016

David McDonald provides advice to graduate students on how best to discuss nonacademic career plans with an academic advisor or supervisor. The author explains that the ideal situation sees a student attending a graduate school that is supportive of nonacademic career paths. Given that this is not always the case, McDonald provides a number of suggestions for graduate students, including weighing the risks of holding such a discussion, such as decreased support from a disappointed advisor, against anticipated benefits. McDonald advises students to test the waters and enter] into the discussion carefully, but unapologetically; and further encourages them to build a network of potential mentors for their nonacademic career planning. Inside Higher Ed