Van Wyck: PhD career strategies for uncertain times

May 2, 2019

As PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences navigate how to gear their qualifications toward jobs beyond the professoriate, “[i]nstitutional, interpersonal and structural forces” can still hold them back, writes James M Van Wyck. Consequently, PhDs can find themselves “betwixt and between, navigating a world that has recognized the need to change ... but hasn’t yet figured out how to completely turn the ship.” The author provides a laundry-list of suggestions to help PhDs steer their way through early career uncertainty, which include staying abreast of on-campus professionalization workshops, making use of alumni networks, working on passion projects, understanding a given field’s tenure-track options, and procuring career advice from a variety of sources. Inside Higher Ed (International)