Career Resources

A list of helpful career resources for MA students, PhD students, postdocs, and others considering leaving academia and making the transition to a non-academic career.


Basalla, Susan and Maggie Debelius. “So What Are You Going to Do with That?”: Finding Careers Outside Academia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Newhouse, Margaret. Outside the Ivory Tower: a Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers. Cambridge, MA: Office of Career Services, Harvard University, 1993.

Secrist, Jan and Jacqueline Fitzpatrick. What Else You Can Do With a Ph.D.: A Career Guide for Scholars. London: SAGE Publications, 2000.

Beyond the Ivory Tower (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Careers Cafe (University Affairs)
“Entrepreneurship and the Academic” by Jessica Quillin (Inside Higher Ed)
“Leaving Academia” by Sabine Hikel (Inside Higher Ed)
“On the Fence” by Eliza Woolf (Inside Higher Ed)

100 Reasons Not to Go to Graduate School
After Academe
Career Planning Advice from Jo VanEvery
Crocodiles with Coffee
Escape the Ivory Tower
From Grad School to Happiness
Leaving Academia (No longer updated, but be sure to browse the archives and podcasts.)
PhD On The Fence
Post Academic
Sell Out Your Soul
Worst Prof Ever

Links & Articles
Beyond Academe
Beyond the PhD
Developing a Non-Academic Career (Modern Language Associate)
Job Searching Beyond Academe [PDF] by Wendy Perry
Leaving Academia: The Post Academic Job Search by Sabine Hikel
Non-Academic Job Search for Grad Students [PDF]
Sellout: A Resource for PhDs Considering Careers Beyond the University
The Versatile PhD

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