Alt-ac Advisor

Launching careers outside academia.

The Alt-Ac World of Fundraising

Kenna Barrett, alt-ac PhD and fundraiser for Johns Hopkins University, on how to enter the high-flying world of university fundraising. I quit grad school around the time Toyota stopped manufacturing the Tercel. It was a good sort of car, one befitting a frugal… Continue Reading →

How to Become a Documentary Editor

Cassandra Good, associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe and alt-ac PhD, on how she became a documentary editor–and still finds time to publish her own work. When I applied for the job I now hold as an editor… Continue Reading →

What I Look for When I Hire Alt-Ac PhDs

Paul Hartley, Senior Anthropologist and Head of Human Futures at Idea Couture, a design consultancy firm, on what makes a great alt-ac PhD applicant. I work for a global strategic innovation and experience design company called Idea Couture as an… Continue Reading →

Why City Governments Need Alt-Ac PhDs

K. Sabeel Rahman (PhD, Government) explains why alt-ac PhDs have the perfect set of skills to manage cities in the 21st century. Cities have been at the forefront of many public policy debates today. In an era of gridlock in… Continue Reading →

The Emotional Aftermath of Leaving Academia

Allyssa Allen (PhD, Human Services Psychology) on dealing with trepidation, regret, and feelings of failure. You did it! You left academia. Phew! You saw the writing on the wall, decided you didn’t like that type of work, or were just feeling… Continue Reading →

LinkedIn: Essential for the Alt-Ac Job Search

Top professionals use it, which means you should too. We get it—our lives are supersaturated with social media. From hashtags to check-ins, status updates to Twitter trends, social media and all its trappings can be off-putting, especially to those of… Continue Reading →

Land Your Dream Job at a Private School

Betty Luther Hillman of Phillips Exeter Academy on how to land your dream job at a top independent school. Previously, I wrote about teaching at independent schools and the similarities and differences between teaching at the secondary school level and at… Continue Reading →

From Italian History to Mobile Advertising

Aaron Wirth, an account manager at a Boston-based startup, on his transition into the world of mobile advertising. Let me start by saying something that most graduate students in the social sciences know: nothing about the PhD process prepares you to… Continue Reading →

Get the Most Out of the Big Job-Search Sites

Indeed, Idealist, CareerBuilder. And how you’re probably using them all wrong. Many PhDs interested in careers outside academia begin their alt-ac searches by heading straight to the big job-search sites. This is understandable, since these databases advertise themselves as one-stop… Continue Reading →

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