With academic job openings so few and far between, some Ph.D.'s are paying more attention to opportunities outside of academe. In this special section, several writers offer advice on how to find such jobs—and even how to invent them. Other topics include a look at the small indignities that often characterize graduate school, with advice on how to surmount them. New faculty members can read a primer on campus etiquette for the post-hire period. And, one writer argues, "harmless" comments directed at groups of female scientists in male-dominated fields often aren't so harmless.
You, too, can join the ranks of the gainfully employed outside of academe.
Instead of searching for jobs, Ph.D.'s should start inventing them.
As a scholar, you're used to writing for nothing. But when you enter the media world, it's time to get serious about compensation. Here's how to ask for what you're worth.
For some students, the decision to attend graduate school is a lot less stupid than it is often characterized by advice gurus.
Finally, you are a "Dr.," and you want everyone to know it.
Kerry Ann Rockquemore calls them "microaggressions"—the small indignities that can turn graduate school into a slog. Here's her advice on how to surmount them.
Finding money for your research in the humanities or social sciences isn't easy, but it's not rocket science, either.
The Hiring Process
David Perlmutter offers a primer on post-hire etiquette for new faculty members.
One way to maintain your dignity during the job search is to recognize that the ads you have just spent two months prostrating yourself before are mere texts ripe for decoding.
The Adjunct Track
My teaching habit is expensive, and it's cost me everything. One of these days I'm going to kick it. One of these days.
A faculty member explains why she shuns service duties in her role as a part-time instructor.
"Harmless" comments directed at groups of female scientists in male-dominated fields aren't so harmless.
A four-year institution in a staunchly conservative town was no place to become the academic I wanted to be. That happened right down the road, at the local community college.