PhD graduates should consider careers in public policy: Opinion

June 10, 2021

PhD graduates have skills and competencies that are transferable to careers in public policy, writes Chris Cornthwaite, who graduated with a PhD in religious studies from the University of Toronto. The author describes how though public policy work can come with a steep learning curve, it involves decision-making based on research and evidence. Cornthwaite explains that PhD studies prepare students through building their writing and research skills, and that students can take experience in a variety of fields and find a public policy area to apply their previous experience. The author encourages people interested in public policy to conduct informational interviews in order to get a sense of the field. “[J]ust see where you can get hired and go with the flow. Yes, your skill set will transfer,” writes Cornthwaite. University Affairs (Editorial)