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A truth universally acknowledged
Helen Stringer looks at where arts and humanities PhD graduates go and why, and argues that it is necessary to get relevant work experience or training to be a credible candidate for roles outside academia.
Doing and becoming
Nick Hopwood explores some of the ways in which PhD study has changed in recent years, and argues that these changes are in many cases at odds with the motivations, values, and needs of students who pursue a doctorate in the humanities.
Fate needs a nudge
Postgraduate careers advisor Sally Pawlik suggests that arts and humanities research students might find ‘planned happenstance’ to be a comfortable and effective middle ground between career planning and leaving things to fate.
Finding your voice
Lauren Anderson and Kerstin Leder share their perspective on the ambiguous status of the postgraduate researcher who teaches. They draw on experiences of poor support and training and the sometimes problematic dynamics between postgraduates and their students.
Freelancing not freeloading
When considering options for earning a living after their PhD, researchers are sometimes attracted to the world of freelance work. Catherine Reynolds considers some of the pros and cons of this career choice and raises issues about how to pursue it actively.
Moving sideways
The PhD process can be uncomfortably at odds with your natural propensities, argues Rebecca Loncraine. Yet along the way your ‘weaknesses’ can become your strengths, and learning about what works well for you can pay off in the post-PhD world.
Shakespeare to short-selling
Martin Steward writes about the dilemma of being ‘over-educated’ yet under-experienced, and tells how he learnt the hard way about persuading employers outside academia that he wasn’t dreaming of an academic post.
Telling tales about the PhD
Julia Horn reflects on how we 'narrate' our past histories and future possible careers, and draws parallels with classic stories, contrasting Aeneas’s ‘upward trajectory’ with Odysseus’s disparate adventures.
The pursuit of meaning
Many people now define themselves by their work, hoping it will enrich them with more than just a fair day’s pay. But Stephen Overell questions whether we can really think of this as progress.
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