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Last week, I did a talk with @WSU_COM PhD students about applying for #nonacademicjobs or what's often called #postac or #altac careers. My goal was to encourage students to explore their options, but also inject some reality in their sometimes starry-eyed discussions. 1/start
2/ Right off the bat, I wanted to dispel the notion that PhD jobs are a great fit for nonacademic jobs in industry, nonprofit or govt. sectors. There are a number of reasons for this: Nonacademic recruiters think you are too expensive or esoteric for their jobs...
3/ Continuing reasons why PhD doesn't easily translate to #AltAc: Faculty lack expertise or knowledge about nonacademic jobs (even if they want to support you), and graduate programs encourage deep scholarly knowledge and publication rather than broader public engagement.
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