The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 11th, 2015
Jenny: Increasingly Julie and I meet Ph.D. job
seekers who are worrying about how they’ll fare on the faculty job
market and, at the same time, planning to apply for nonacademic
positions. They’ve researched career options and perhaps have some
relevant work experience. They want—and need—a job. Some have been on
the faculty market in previous years without receiving an offer. Others
know that their prospects in academe are dim. Some may just want to test
the waters outside of faculty work. So they’re hedging their bets and
running job searches in multiple realms.
Julie: Is this perhaps the new normal? Carolyn
Steele, career development coordinator at York University in Canada,
said Ph.D.’s used to do either an academic search or a nonacademic one.
Now many Ph.D.’s are doing both. "I’m finding that the idea of
‘both/and’ is replacing the ‘either-or’ scenario," she said—at least as a
transition strategy from graduate school to career.