Work Your Career: Get What You Want from Your Social Sciences or Humanities PhD
Enrolments in Canadian PhD programs are on the rise, but without a matched increase in available tenure-track positions. Despite the reality that many grad students will end up working outside of the academy, traditional guidance treats this path as a back-up only to be considered when the academic track fails. Work Your Career takes a different approach, encouraging students to consider both career options from the very beginning and to prepare for both concurrently. Recognizing the need for more organized and systematic mentoring and career guidance, the authors provide practical advice to Canadian social sciences and humanities students for developing skills useful to both markets.
The book’s chapters are organized according to the kinds of questions that graduate students should consider as they progress through their programs. Throughout, Berdahl and Malloy aim to help students build a seamless, lifelong approach to career readiness and development.
- Division: Higher Education
- World Rights
- Page Count: 240 pages
- Dimensions: 5.5in x 1.0in x 8.5in
"This is the book that every PhD student in the social sciences or humanities in Canada needs to read. Drawing on years of experience within and beyond the university setting, Berdahl and Malloy deftly reveal the 'hidden curriculum' of doctoral education in Canada, providing a guide to the unwritten rules and expectations that PhD students are too often left to discover on their own. In this practical and readable book, they provide sound advice designed to help PhD students identify and achieve their career goals."
Lisa Young, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary
Author InformationLoleen Berdahl is Professor and Head of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
Jonathan Malloy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.
Table of contents
1. Get What You Want from Your PhD
2. Select Your Program Carefully
3. Work Your Program
4. Go beyond Your Program
5. Establish Your Funding Track Record
6. Build a Strategic Publishing Portfolio
7. Cultivate a Professional Reputation
8. Launch Your Career
9. Approach Academic Jobs Strategically
10. Work Your Career
Appendix: Faculty Call to Action
Subjects and Courses