Friday, December 19, 2014

Honesty About Academic Jobs

Inside Higher Ed
December 19th, 2014

Universities should have a “proper dialogue” with Ph.D. students from the start about the fact that they are “not walking into a job for life.”
That is the view of Dame Athene Donald, head of a Royal Society working group that has published new guidelines about doctoral candidate development.Donald said the guidelines give a “clear statement” about the role of universities in managing the expectations of junior scientists at a time when competition for academic jobs has never been fiercer. Students should also take responsibility for establishing and managing their own career expectations, according to the document, "Doctoral Students’ Career Expectations: Principles and Responsibilities."

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