Converting a Curriculum Vitae to a Resume

This resource from the UC Davis Internship and Career Center provides a helpful breakdown of the different purposes served by resumes and CVs. It gives tips for structuring your resume’s content based on how employers use the information on resumes, as well as practical advice on formatting. It even links to examples that show side-by-side comparisons of these documents for the same individual.

Learning About Digital Publishing and Collaboration at Michigan Publishing

By Elina Salminen,  Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology This spring and summer, I have spent two months at Michigan Publishing, a part of the UM library system and home to the University of Michigan Press and Michigan Publishing Services, working on a project combining digital publishing, product development, and market analysis. Before my fellowship, I admittedly had a fairly hazy idea about what any of these things meant, but they all seemed interesting, useful on the job market, and the specific projects seemed to […]

Blog Series: Why Wait? Early Explorations of Career Paths for Humanities PhDs

The University of California Humanities Research Institute’s Humanists @ Work initiative recently featured a series of blog posts called Why Wait? Early Explorations of Career Paths for Humanities PhDs. The posts imagine the process of career exploration as an integral part of doctoral training that graduate students most often have to initiate themselves. The author provides specific examples of how to translate the skills you use daily in graduate school into a list of skills and interests that can and should shape your career exploration, helping you to feel more confident […]

Composing Your Career: From the “What” to the “How”

This is a follow-up post by Meg Ahern, who recently began a new position as a learning specialist at USAID LEARN. Dr. Ahern completed her joint PhD in Women’s Studies & English at U of M in 2012. I’ll start with a confession.  In my previous post, I wrote about how useful an academic doctorate can be in other fields, as I’ve found in my own career in international development, and I ended with some advice about focusing on the kind of role you’d be happiest in day to day.  That advice […]

Career Linguist

Career Linguist is a blog showcasing professions that linguistics PhDs pursue beyond the tenure track. It tracks the professional journeys of people in fields as diverse as consulting, language advocacy, and social media marketing. The blog also includes helpful advice on career transitions and lists current job postings, both of which may be of interest to humanities PhDs in fields other than linguistics.

Expert Advice on Entering the Non-Academic Workforce

  Anne Krook is a former UM professor who now works as a professional consultant and trains graduate and students and postdocs seeking non-academic employment. Her website contains numerous free resources to help you get started in your search and advice on cover letters, interviews, and more.

A Digital Humanities Project in Tibetan Studies

By Shana Melnysyn Dr. Alex Gardner is the Executive Director and Chief Editor for The Treasury of Lives, a digital humanities project that comprises “a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalayan region.” Dr. Gardner received his PhD in Asian Languages and Cultures from University of Michigan in 2007. Dr. Alex Gardner began his post-PhD career path with a stroke of luck. After finishing his doctorate in Buddhist Studies at University of Michigan, Dr. Gardner received a postdoc at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (now the Buddhist Digital […]

Bringing Humanities Training to Professional Storytelling and Public Engagement

By Estevan Rael-Gálvez, PhD. Former State Historian of New Mexico, Executive Director at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Sr. VP of Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Dr. Rael-Gálvez, writer, strategist, and principal of the consulting firm Creative Strategies 360°, received his PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 2000. Along with my upbringing in a mountain village of northern New Mexico, where I formed my core values and learned my love for storytelling, an especially important part of my journey was my graduate […]

Reimagining the Possibilities: Mellon Mini-Course on Health and Humanities

By Jallicia Jolly, PhD Candidate in American Culture Purposeful intellectual work meets publicly engaged humanities in “Health and Humanities” taught by Professor Alexandra Stern. The week-long intensive workshop in critical methods and social engagement invited graduate students to explore how we can use tools from the humanities and qualitative social science to mobilize our work. Importantly, the workshop asked: how does health humanities fit into your life? As I expected, health humanities fits in everywhere! I walked away out of “Health and Humanities” workshop feeling wildly inspired. Before the workshop, […]

Required Graduate Seminar Incorporates Professional Development

Professor Bruce Hayes (Department of French, University of Kansas) has developed a required seminar called Intro to Grad Studies for graduate students in French, Slavic and German. The course combines an introduction to literary theory and criticism with technology training, conference paper preparation, and discussions about the academic job market. Download the syllabus for the course which is required for graduate students across three language departments. Additionally, you can read an article from The French Review that provides an extensive discussion of the challenges faced and the developments in the course over several […]