So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside Academia / Edition 2

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Graduate schools churn out tens of thousands of Ph.D.’s and M.A.’s every year. Half of all college courses are taught by adjunct faculty. 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 he really leave academia? Can a non-academic job really be rewarding—and will anyone want to hire a grad-school refugee?

With “So What Are You Going to Do with That?” Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius—Ph.D.’s 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 translating 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 revised and up-to-date edition will be indispensable for any graduate student or professor who has ever glanced at her CV, flipped through the want ads, and wondered, “What if?”
“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!”—Robin B. Wagner, former associate director for graduate career services, University of Chicago

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Editorial Reviews - Larry Keller

“As valuable for its can-do spirit as its specific advice.”

Elaine Showalter

The reference tool for M.A.’s and Ph.D.’s considering nonacademic career paths. The guide is comprehensive, hands-on, and much needed.”

Robert Weisbuch

“‘So What Are You Going to Do with That?’ is a life-changer for doctoral graduates and a godsend for the Republic. Basalla and Debulius show us how to engage the superb and transferable abilities of Ph.D’s.”

Robin B. Wagner

“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!”

Christian Science Monitor - Stacy A. Teicher

“Full of practical tips and anecdotes from people who have turned academic study into fulfilling careers in everything from marketing to community building.”

Virginia Quarterly Review

“[Basalla and Debelius] have filled this volume with insightful anecdotes, probing and worthwhile questions and a host of resources. . . for more specialized job searches. Basalla and Debelius illustrate just how skills acquired in graduate school research, teaching, and critical thinking. . . can be translated into desirable attributes of a post-academic job candidate. Hopeful, upbeat, and helpful.”

Publishers Weekly

“What if, while one is ensconced in a six-year art history doctoral program, the idea of a career in academia loses its luster? Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius have been there. . . . In “So What Are You Going to Do with That?”, they use wit, directness, and great anecdotal evidence to guide readers through the soul-searching decision to leave academia.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226038810
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Basalla received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and has worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and America Online. Currently she works in higher education marketing for the Art & Science Group. Maggie Debelius, who received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, has taught writing and literature courses and currently serves as the director of the Georgetown University Writing Center.
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Table of Contents


Preface ix
Introduction 1

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
Whodunit? And How Can I Do It Too?
So What Am I Going To Do?
Six Myths About Post-Academic Careers
Five Questions for Rethinking Graduate School
Your Eclectic Mix
Post Academic Profile: Tom Maglozzi, Cohost of NPR's Car Talk, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

2 How Do I Figure Out What Else To Do
   Soul-Searching Before Job Searching

Take Inventory
Break It Down
Looking Backward: Seven Stories
The Bookstore at the End of the Mind
"This is Your Brain on Graduate School"
No Need for a #2 Pencil
Where Are All Those Ph.D.'s Anyway?
Create Your Own Possibilities
Post Academic Profile: David Rosengarten, Television Cooking Show Host, Ph.D. in Theater History

3 Testing the Waters
   Networking and the Transitional Experience

The Power of Networking
Networking That Works
Information Interviews
Getting Your Feet Wet: Internships, Part-Time Jobs, and Volunteer Work
Transitional Tales
So When Do I Start Looking For A Job?
Post-Academic Profile: Shannon Mrksich, Patent Attorney, Ph.D. in Chemistry

4 This Might Hurt a Bit:
   Turning a CV Into a Resume

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: Bryan Garman, Prep School Headmaster, Ph.D. in American Studies

5 Sweaty palms, Warm Heart:
   How to Turn an Interview into a Job

How to Land a Job Interview
Before the Interview
During the Interview
After the Interview
What If the Interview Doesn't Go Well?
The Job Offer (or Lack Thereof)
Adjusting to Your New Job
Post-Academic Profile: Annie Hurlbut, Founder of Peruvian Connection, A.B.D. in Anthropology


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