How to truly help PhDs get jobs: Rancourt, Archer-Kuhn

August 7, 2019

“How are universities responding to the fact that a majority of graduate student alumni are unemployed, sub-employed or have to receive training from a college in order to procure a good-paying job?” ask Derrick Rancourt and Beth Archer-Kuhn of the University of Calgary. The authors note that PhD students need to be better trained to recognize the transferrable skills they develop in school and to tailor these skills to non-academic jobs when needed. The authors list a number of ways instructors can better teach these skills, which include having students perform informational interviews with non-academics and helping them develop the project management skills they already use when writing a dissertation. The Conversation (International)