PhD advisors must take more responsibility for students’ career outcomes: Van Wyck

November 28, 2017

“We live in a new normal when it comes to the outcomes for graduate students,” writes James Van Wyck, adding that “the academic job market isn’t in crisis. It’s simply found a new baseline.” In this new reality, the author argues that professors who supervise graduate students must take more responsibility for those students’ career outcomes, especially when those outcomes do not involve working in academia. The author adds that professors too often “outsource” career advising for PhD students to other professionals. To help address the new reality of career outcomes, the author recommends that professors stop dismissing non-academic career preparation as beyond their purview and begin taking a strategic, long-term approach to training. Inside Higher Ed