More Universities Break the Taboo and Talk to Ph.D.’s About Jobs Outside Academe

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

November 6, 2011

By Audrey Williams June

Columbus, Ohio

A gathering on Ohio State University’s campus here last month had the familiar trappings of a traditional college lecture. Graduate students filed into an auditorium, and some cracked open their laptops or pecked the screens of smartphones as they waited for the speaker to begin.

But in one important way, this lecture was different than most they would attend as doctoral students.

The speaker, Paula Chambers, would talk openly about a subject that graduate students tend to discuss in hushed tones among close friends or trusted mentors—or anonymously in online forums. The taboo topic: preparing for nonacademic jobs.

Paula Chambers (left), a speaker on alternative career paths for Ph.D.'s, talks with a student after a recent seminar on nonacademic careers for graduate students in the humanities at Ohio State U.

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