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

“So What Are You Going to Do with That?”

Finding Careers Outside Academia

Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius

Table of Contents


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



Book details:

Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius
“So What Are You Going to Do with That?”: Finding Careers Outside Academia
©2007, 160 pages, 1 halftone
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 978-0-226-03881-0 (ISBN-10: 0-226-03881-5)
Paper $14.00 ISBN: 978-0-226-03882-7 (ISBN-10: 0-226-03882-3)

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