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Market Wise: Alternative Career Paths for Humanities PhDs Sophia Krzys Acord, Ph.D. Associate Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law University of Florida
What is a PhD? Evidence that it forms a distinct contribution to knowledge of the subject, evidence of to relate the subject matter of the thesis to the existing body of knowledge within the field, and a satisfactory level of literary presentation.
What you know Skills Qualities Interests Disciplinary knowledge
The humanities, applied Social ideas linked with social practice Transdisciplinarity, permeable boundaries Shaping culture Understanding public reception of artifacts
Careers Academe Research, consulting Program management Publishing Museums and Libraries Writer/Media producer Government/Policy analyst Cultural management R&D Paired Degrees
The new killer app: culture
CV translations Employer Needs Excellent academic record Communication skills Initiative Leadership Good command of English Other languages Strong technical skills Commercial awareness My evidence
CV translations Employer Needs Excellent academic record Communication skills Initiative Leadership Good command of English Other languages Strong technical skills Commercial awareness My evidence PhD Conferences, teaching Finding funding Graduate representative/officer Articles, presentations List them Experience with equipment Part time work, attendance at training events, pitch and grant writing contests, etc.
Maximize what you are already doing
Make the most of UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Museum Studies (forthcoming certificate) Evaluation methods & statistics (Sociology, Stats, Ed, IFAS, Nursing) Digital Arts and Sciences (12 credit certificate) Educational Technology in CoE (certificate) Geographic Information Systems (15 credit certificate) Film Studies, or Digital Storytelling Workshop (JOU) iCubed graduate researcher training opportunities Outreach programs (Center for Leadership & Service) Research assistant outside your department
What else is a PhD?
New careers, new possibilities Dr. Richard Freeman, UF Anthropology Librarian
The job hunt Make a job clip Work/shadow those in fields that interest you UF Career Services Write a resume, not a CV (http://hastac.org/blogs/greeney28/2011/12/ 01/notes alt ac workshop hastac 2011) Network: LinkedIn certifications
Websites VersatilePhD.com BeyondAcademe.com UK GRAD Program http://www.vitae.ac.uk/ Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education, University of Washington USAjobs.gov Idealist.org Catalyst.org