What can institutions do to support grad students looking for non-academic careers?

December 4, 2014

In a new essay for Academica Group’s Rethinking Higher Ed Forum, Catherine Maybrey, Graduate Career Strategist at McMaster University, examines how the “silo effect” has affected career preparation for graduate students. Maybrey says that career service professionals are often left outside of discussions around post-graduate employment. Meanwhile, measures of doctoral program success have been too narrowly focused on academic appointments. Maybrey urges faculty to be more open to non-academic careers for their graduate students, and calls on institutions to incorporate applied activities into the curriculum. She adds that graduate students would benefit from the kinds of career resources that are often made available to undergraduate students. “If we want to ensure successful employment outcomes, we need to invest in knowledgeable staff and build bridges between faculty and those responsible for the professional development of graduate students,” Maybrey argues. Rethinking Higher Ed