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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 →

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 →

The Importance of the Side Hustle for the Alt-Ac PhD

Amy Bucher, an organizational psychologist at Johnson & Johnson, explains why you can’t forget the side hustle. “Side hustle” refers to freelance work outside your core full-time job.  Many times, this work is paid, although it does not have to be…. Continue Reading →

With a PhD, am I Entry-Level or Management Material?

Both. Neither. And here’s why. In most professions, five-plus years of training will net you a low-to-mid-level management position. Medicine residents help coordinate teams of nurses, interns, and students to ensure quality patient care; mid-level attorneys supervise paralegals and junior… Continue Reading →

Attitude is Everything: Shawn Achor’s “Happy Secret to Better Work”

5 Steps to Take Now if You Might Search for Nonacademic Jobs Later

It’s never too early to start thinking about non-academic career paths, even if you plan to test the academic market. If landing outside the ivory tower is even a remote possibility, consider taking the following steps to set yourself up… Continue Reading →

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