Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

"So What Are You Going to Do with That?": A Guide to Career-Changing for M.A.'S and Ph.D's

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

"So What Are You Going to Do with That?": A Guide to Career-Changing for M.A.'S and Ph.D's

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"So What Are You Going to Do With That?": A Guide to Career-Changing for M.A.'s and Ph.D.'s, by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius.

As anyone who frequently hears back from the academic job front knows, the casualties seem to be mounting. Basalla and Debelius set out in this book to minister to those interested in seeking other fronts to conquer, particularly to graduate students and to faculty looking to leave academia. They seek to pep you up while they prime you for the transition from the university setting to the so-called real world; they want you to know that you aren't "overeducated" nor "unemployable." They have filled this volume with insightful anecdotes, probing and worthwhile questions and a host of resources-book titles and web site addresses-for more specialized job searches. In addition, Basalla and Debelius illustrate just how skills acquired in graduate school-research, teaching, and critical thinking for instance-can be translated into desirable attributes of a post-academic job candidate. …

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