US study highlights need for skills training for graduate students

April 26, 2012

A new Council of Graduate Schools study suggests that US universities can do more to help graduate students find jobs outside the academy. Current graduate students do not have the necessary skills for industry jobs, such as the ability to work as a team member and work within strict timelines, and are largely unaware of the options outside academia. The study argues that PSE institutions should work with private companies to develop partnerships, and that companies can increase tuition reimbursement programs, in order to attract skilled workers. The study also found that only one-third of students had “adequate information” about career paths before enrolment, yet about half of all new PhD students found non-academic employment after graduation. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)