So What Are You Going To Do With That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia, Third Edition

Paperback | December 26, 2014

bySusan Basalla, Maggie Debelius

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Graduate schools churn out tens of thousands of PhDs and MAs every year. Yet more than half of all college courses are taught by adjunct faculty, which means that the chances of an academic landing a tenure-track job seem only to shrink as student loan and credit card debts grow. What’s a frustrated would-be scholar to do? Can she really leave academia? Can a job outside the academy really be rewarding? And could anyone want to hire a grad-school refugee?

In this third edition of “So What Are You Going to Do with That?”, thoroughly revised with new advice for students in the sciences, Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius—PhDs themselves—answer all those questions with a resounding “Yes!” A witty, accessible guide full of concrete advice for anyone contemplating the jump from scholarship to the outside world, “So What Are You Going to Do with That?” covers topics ranging from career counseling to interview etiquette to how to translate skills learned in the academy into terms an employer can understand and appreciate. Packed with examples and stories from real people who have successfully made this daunting—but potentially rewarding—transition, and written with a deep understanding of both the joys and difficulties of the academic life, this fully updated guide will be indispensable for any graduate student or professor who has ever glanced at his or her CV, flipped through the want ads, and wondered, “What if?”

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Graduate schools churn out tens of thousands of PhDs and MAs every year. Yet more than half of all college courses are taught by adjunct faculty, which means that the chances of an academic landing a tenure-track job seem only to shrink as student loan and credit card debts grow. What’s a frustrated would-be scholar to do? Can she real...

Susan Basalla received her PhD from Princeton University. She is a principal with Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates, LP, an executive search firm specializing in higher education. Maggie Debelius, who also received her PhD from Princeton University, is director of faculty development and an associate teaching professor in the English De...

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

1. Will I Have to Wear a Suit? Rethinking Life After Graduate School
Getting Your Head Ready
Should I Finish My Dissertation?
How to Use Your Grad School Years Wisely
So What Am I Going to Do?
Five Myths about Post-Academic Careers
Five Questions about Graduate School and Your Future
Your Eclectic Mix
Post-Academic Profile: Abby Markoe, A.B.D History of Medicine, Executive, Director, SquashWise

2. How Do I Figure Out What Else to Do? Soul-Searching Before Job Searching
Take Inventory
Break It Down
Looking backward: Seven Stories
Guilty Pleasures
“This Is Your Brain on Graduate School”
No Need for a #2 Pencil
Where Are All Those PhDs Anyway?
Create Your own Possibilities
Post-Academic Profile: Samantha Sutton, PhD in Biology, Life Coach

3. Asking the Big Questions: How to Figure Out If You Want Them and If They Want You
Asking the Big Questions
Answering the Big Questions: Three Strategies
Transitional Tales
So What’s Next?
Post-Academic Profile: Xiuwen Tu, PhD in Physics, Sun Power Corporation, Device and Characterization Engineer

4. This Might Hurt a Bit: Turning a CV into a Résumé
Getting Ready to Write a Résumé
Writing a Résumé: The First Draft
A Few More Words of Advice
After You’ve Drafted a Résumé
Case Studies and Sample Résumés
Cover Letters That Will Get You Hired
Post-Academic Profile: Alyssa Picard, PhD in History, Staff Representative for the Michigan Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers

5. Sweaty Palms, Warm Heart: How to Turn an Interview into a Job
Before the Interview
During the Interview
After the Interview
What If the Interview Doesn’t Go Well?
The Job Offer (or Lack Thereof)
Negotiation
Adjusting to Your New Job
Post-Academic Profile: Scott Keeter, PhD in Political Science, Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

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Editorial Reviews

“I will absolutely be recommending this book to our graduate students exploring their career options—I’d love to see it on the coffee tables in department lounges!”