Humanities for All

A project of the National Humanities Alliance, the Humanities for All database showcases “higher ed-based publicly engaged humanities initiatives, presenting a cross-section of over 1400 undertaken over the past decade from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.” Projects are organized by discipline, theme, geography, and type of institutional and community partners. There’s plenty of material for students investigating a range of humanities options, for scholars interested in models of how to add a public facet to their research, or anybody who wants to learn more about the […]

Where do humanists work?: Organizational Profiles

Graduates of humanities PhD programs finish their degrees with wide-ranging abilities in research, communication, instruction, and project management. For students who have spent many years at research-intensive institutions, however, it is can be difficult to imagine contexts outside of the professoriate where they might apply their training. As an assignment for English 630: Professional Humanities Careers, doctoral students from across the University of Michigan’s humanities departments brainstormed the following list of organizations as places to pursue humanities careers. By no means exhaustive, the organizations below can nevertheless inspire job-seekers to […]

Academic Careers You May Not Have Considered

For those PhDs who are energized by the excitement of a university campus but decide that a traditional academic role is not a good fit, David McDonald, assistant director of career services at Duke who works with doctoral students, suggests that they consider a wide range of teaching and administrative possibilities within the wider university ecosystem.  

Job Tips for International Students

Twenty-five percent of Rackham doctoral students in the humanities are international students. Non-resident status adds an additional challenge to the work of identifying, applying to, and securing employment. In this article from InsideHigherEd, Gaeun Seo provides a perspective on seeking for a job as an international student. Processes of identifying what you are good at and what you are interested in are shared by all job-seekers, but the piece contains suggestions about where to look for for international talent-friendly employers and how to navigate the complexities of visas.

Advice for PhDs Seeking Non-Faculty Jobs

This article by Jennifer Polk is based on responses from panelists at the 5th annual Beyond the Professoriate conference. Her piece suggests patience, exploring options, the confident application of knowledge and skills, and considering how professional identity can derive from or be a reconceptualization of one’s academic identity.

UM Career Center Resume and Cover Letter Tips for PhD Students

A new resource for PhDs from UM’s Career Center includes worksheets that can help identify transferable skills and construct narratives that make the skills developed during a doctorate legible to employers. The packet also provides “brief introductions that explain various application materials, reflection tools that can help … articulate your experience, examples of application materials, and, core competencies from the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) and the Rackham Graduate School.”

Resumes and Cover Letters for PhD Students

This resource for creating cover letters and resumes developed by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences Office of Career Services includes answers to FAQs about preparing resumes and cover letters, a useful word bank for describing various career experiences, nine examples of resumes tailored to particular interests or career trajectories, and sample cover letters.

PhD Connections: A Career Conference

April 13, 2018 Register Here for the University of Michigan’s First PhD Connections Conference PhD Connections is a new, one-day career conference designed to support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in their exploration of career paths beyond academe. Co-sponsored by the University Career Center and Rackham Graduate School, PhD students and postdoctoral scholars will learn about non-faculty career opportunities through selecting from a series of eight panels with over 30 PhD’s working in diverse fields, and workshops focused on career exploration and job search preparation. Participants will have the opportunity […]

Humanities Careers for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

. Columbia University’s Center for Career Education has a page describing a range of humanities careers for PhDs. In addition to lists of some of the most popular fields for PhDs pursuing humanities careers – i.e. higher education administration, non-profits, and government opportunities – for each field there are several suggested resources for further research.

Resources for Philosophers

Part of the mission statement of the American Philosophical Association is the “professional development of philosophers at all levels.” Beyond Academia is an APA publication intended to provide guidance in the form of resources, information, and advice to philosophers who are interested in exploring a wide range of humanities careers. Along with brief suggestions to departments, his resource includes links to resources for a broad range of career opportunities; data on careers outside the academy; and biographical essays of philosophers who have successfully found ways to use their philosophical training […]