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Careers in Higher Education Development

This week, October 20-24, The Versatile PhD is presenting an online panel that discusses careers in Higher Education Development.

 

What exactly is Higher Education Development?

      It’s an exciting and important career field that uses the skills you have developed during graduate school to raise money for colleges and universities in order to support their missions. How can you use the skills you have acquired in graduate school to obtain a job in this field? Well, within Higher Education Development careers, there are proposals to write, campaigns to plan, funding sources to research, and donors to inspire. As you can see, the ability to be successful in this field requires many skills that you have already acquired in graduate school.

      The panel this week focuses on the Humanities and Social Sciences, but anyone with an interest in acquiring a job as a Higher Education Development professional should visit the site. Additionally, this panel will benefit students in master’s and doctoral programs, so we encourage everyone to participate. There are six panelists who will answer any questions you have about this field, including how to get your foot in the door. This is an exciting and growing field, so don’t miss the panel this week.

 
How to participate:

      The panel is asynchronous, which means you can ask a question and the panelists who answer your question will respond throughout the week. The panel goes from October 20 until October 24. In order to participate, you need to register with the site. If you have not already done this, visit the UT Arlington Graduate Studies website in order to affiliate yourself with the university and get the benefits of member institutions.

Click here for the Graduate Studies Website to register

Once you have registered, enter The Versatile PhD website, click on the forums tab, then click on Humanities Forum. The panelists will all introduce themselves today and this gives you background information on their careers and the field in general. To see what people are asking the panelists look for any thread that begins with the word Panel. If you want to ask a question click on the “add topic” button, place the word “Panel” at the beginning of your title and ask a question.

Got it? Great! Then Click Here to visit The Versatile PhD.

Careers in Consulting for Humanities and STEM graduate students

This week on The Versatile PhD there are panels in the Humanities and STEM fields that focus on Careers in Consulting. On both of the panels, you have the opportunity to ask questions to PhD’s who transitioned into the consulting field and find out more about careers in this field. Despite the focus on PhD’s, This panel is beneficial to master’s and doctoral graduate students. It’s never too early to start planning for your career!

In this week’s humanities panel, the experts have their PhD’s in Linguistics, Media Studies, Sociology, Religion, and History. The STEM panel features a Physical-Organic Chemist, Materials Scientist, Physicist, Oceanographer, and Meteorologist. The panelists have introduced themselves on The Versatile PhD, so you can look at their mini-biographies on the site under forums. Panelists will answer any questions you have throughout the week. Don’t be discouraged if none of the panelists are in the same field as you are, they can still offer helpful advice on how to break into the consulting field and be successful in your career!



If you want to ask them a question follow these steps to start the process:

  • Once you are in The Versatile PhD click on Forums at the top of the screen
  • click on the add topic button on the upper right of the forums
  • Begin the title of your thread with the word “Panel” and include a summary of your question in the title


  • Any of the panelists who can answer your question will respond to you throughout the week. Make sure you have your notification set to alert you when someone responds to your thread. If you get into The Versatile PhD and have difficulties, The Office of Graduate Studies is having online “open hours” on adobe connect. You can ask any question about The Versatile PhD and we will help you. We have “open hours” Monday, September 22, 2014 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and Thursday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.



    If you would like to learn more of the features of The Versatile PhD, attend the adobe connect online session Wednesday, September 24 starting at 5:30 pm where we will discuss all the features that are available to you as part of a member institution. Click here to see our website for more details.

Navigating the Career Search with Versatility


Worried about finding a job after you graduate?


Curious about the different ways you can use your graduate degree?


The Office of Graduate Studies is here to help you explore all the job opportunities that are available to you with your graduate degree. As a student at UT Arlington you now have access to premium content on The Versatile PhD, an online resource to help humanities, social science, and STEM PhD’s identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Even though the name of the website is The Versatile PhD, this resource is valuable to anyone in graduate school. It’s a useful tool to plan your career and get helpful advice from people who have used their graduate degrees to obtain careers outside the academy. This supportive online community is available to answer your questions in addition to many other valuable resources that are on the website. The Versatile PhD offers:


  • HIRED: Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs their first jobs away from the faculty track, with detailed analysis that describes how they made the non-academic pivot and shows the application and hiring process step by step
  • BIO: Inspiring first‐person stories by experienced non-academic PhDs describing how their careers evolved over several years after moving out of the academy, including promotions, advancement, and signature accomplishments
  • PANEL: Detailed inside information on a wide range of specific PhD‐friendly careers provided by PhDs in those careers, along with their answers to grad student questions. The first panel will be the week of September 22 through September 29, 2014. The panel will discuss careers in consulting for both humanities and STEM PhD’s.

The Versatile PhD also offers PhD discussion forums, local meetup groups, and job listings posted by members.


Worried that someone might find out you visited Versatile PhD? There is complete confidentiality on the site. That means nothing you write on the site will ever show up on the internet. Plus you can select your own user name, which means you can choose the level of anonymity that you want. Click here to register for The Versatile PhD and start planning your future today!

Vitae- a New Service from The Chronicle of Higher Ed

This is a brand new – just started – sort of sparse – get in at the ground level kind of thing.  The website, as of right now, is more of a mailing list.  However, as per the usual, The Chronicle has packed it with helpful information regarding job search and professional networking.  Example:

The Academic Conference: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

Woooot!  Excellent information in the article linked above, including the suggestion to NOT BE CLINGY!  Get out there and meet people.  I know the temptation to just follow around a single person or stick with people you know.  Don’t do that!  A second strategy is to prepare to have conversations about hot topics in your field and not just the weather or your personal research.  Practice short, intelligent (and well-researched) responses to major and new issues.

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You’re Hired! Now What?

To all those who graduated, or are very close – be aware that buyers remorse isn’t exclusive to material items… It exists in the world of hiring management too!  You finally land a job – start it off right by maintaining the first impression you worked so hard to set.

According to a post by David Perlmutter in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

  1. Be thankful you got the job and don’t drop off the face of the planet once you get the green light.
  2. Respond to “Welcome Emails” from colleagues – you need their support and they need our support.
  3. Don’t compare the old to the new – no one wants to hear it!
  4. You still have to prepare – it is obvious when you don’t.  Teaching Chem 101 won’t be exactly the same.

Congratulations! You have a job!  Now, remember that first impression got you the job will help you keep it!

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Two Workshops Next Week!!

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Curriculum Vitae & Resume Critiques

Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 12:00pm–2:30pm

Chemistry and Physics Building, Room 303

Bring your CV or Resume and have a professional take a look! Get immediate feedback on existing job application materials, such as CVs, resumes, cover letters, and statements of purpose. Or, bring your laptop computer and work one-on-one with editors throughout the session. You can arrive with a blank page, start from scratch, and leave with a CV that is application-ready. SNACKS PROVIDED!

Dissertation Writing Group

Thursday, June 27th 2013, 9:00am–12:00pm

Email lberry@uta.edu for location

Do you have trouble locating a quiet place to write? Would you like to discuss your writing or organization with a trained tutor? Sign up now to work in a quiet, supportive environment that allows for intense, focused, and productive writing. A writing tutor will be available for consultation, but the purpose of this event is focused writing. No content will be presented. After registering to attend the event, email Lisa Berry (lberry@uta.edu) for location information. If you do not own a laptop computer, one can be provided for you. Include this information in your email.

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The Ph.D. Makes a Grand Comeback

Reputation.Com, headed by CEO Michael Fertik, examined common doctoral degrees and found that persons who hold them have seen their careers accelerate by more than 10% on average in terms of compensation (sadly, with the exception of the humanities and education). This research is discussed in a recent Linked In article by Fertik himself.

According to Fertik, the hard sciences, such as chemistry and physics, along with doctoral degrees in fields such as marketing and economics, all make the cut.  These degrees typically lead to higher wages and a greater increase in wages over time.

Granted – nothing is life is for certain, but as of now, the Ph.D. seems like it has made a comeback.

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Cover Letters

Take it from someone (Karen Kelsky, aka, The Professor) who has read approx 2200 cover letters: YOUR COVER LETTER PROBABLY STINKS!  Below, I have highlighted some some errors many students make straight from her amazing and seriously helpful site – The Professor Is In.

-Too long
-Not on letter head
-Doesn’t follow business letter etiquette
-Contains way to much info on your dissertation
-You label yourself as a student (rather than colleague)

Relate to some of these common mistakes? For more reasons your cover letter   probably stinks – and HOW to make it BETTER, check out the Professor’s blog article.

Check out the CV Writing workshop coming up at UT Arlington!

June 12 @ 12:30 p.m.

Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building

Register on the EDGE site. FREE LUNCH!

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Negotiating a Postdoc Position

Tuesday, April 30th 2013 – 6 p.m central! ONLINE!

Join a webinar hosted by the Institute for Broadening Participation on Tuesday, April 30th at 6 p/m/ CENTRAL (7 p.m. Eastern time). An experienced panel (both current postdocs and faculty members) will share their perspectives on this topic, followed by a Question & Answer period. Preregistration is requested! Simply sign up for the event below, through EDGE and we’ll send you the information you need.

You can submit questions before the webinar, online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VG86QR7

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Know What to Expect When You Graduate

Graduating with a Ph.D. is difficult enough on its own, without having to worry about paying off student loans and searching for available tenure-tracks across the country.  Most of you out there will find adjunct positions to help you along the way to your ultimate career goals.  So – know what to expect.

The Adjunct Project helps current and future adjunct faculty get a feel for salaries and what to expect as a cultural “norm” as far as work is concerned.  There is even an advice page.  Get suggestions and assistance from “near peers,” or colleagues who are a few years ahead of you.  They are blazing the path that is closest to your current experience so their advice won’t be outdated.

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