Look to educate employers to help PhDs find non-academic careers

June 27, 2017

“The proposition that graduate programs should prepare students for the actual jobs that they’ll get—not just for professorships—no longer receives the fierce pushback that it did even five years ago,” writes Leonard Cassuto for the Chronicle of Higher Education. With this in mind, the author notes that the challenge of providing more non-academic career opportunities for PhD graduates has two sides: preparing students for diverse careers and prepare employers to recognize and develop these graduates’ talent and expertise. While much of the focus on PhD career preparation has focused on helping graduates transfer and market their skills, the author notes that the time has come to educate employers about the value of PhDs. The article highlights how several schools in the US are using career fairs and other networking opportunities to help educate employers about the value of PhD graduates. Chronicle of Higher Education