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These web resources provide information about a variety of funding resources, professional development opportunities, and career paths.  The "General Resources" cover a broad range of disciplinary career resources and include a few articles about the intellectual, social and psychological implications of individuals' transitions from academic to other types of work.  The "Discipline-specific Resources" are by no means comprehensive but offer specific starting points for some disciplines.  Be sure to check academic and professional organizations in your field.  "Useful Related Resources" relate to a wide range of career possibilities.  Some sites are also posted as Promising Practices on our site: to read more about these, click on the site name. 


General Resources:

Academic Job Application Checklist  This checklist for American studies candidates applies to most humanities Ph.D.'s.  See also links to Academic Job Interview Advice and Academic Job Interview Questions.

After the Offer, Before the Deal: Negotiating a First Academic Job (Academe)  Offers suggestions to just-appointed faculty members in the process of negotiating the terms of a first academic job.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  Links to fellowships, grants, and other career sites.

American Educational Research Association Graduate Studies List  Not just a discussion group, this site by Scott and Bobbi Kerlin offers links to graduate student resources (some of them Canadian) including career development, financial support, organizations, and more.

Beyond the Ivory Tower (Chronicle of Higher Education)  Provides career advice and archived articles about the job search process.

Careers for Humanities Scholars in Technology Administration  An online discussion with James J. O'Donnell, professor of classical studies and vice provost for information systems and computing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Careers In (and Out of) Science  Offers links to a variety of science career information sites.

Chronicle Career Network
  Lists on-line career resources in various disciplines, government, industry, business sectors, nonprofits, and general career sites for Ph.D.'s. 

The Dead Thesis Society   A student-organized thesis support group that provides a listserv, online resources, and on-site meetings in Canada. 

Developing a Teaching Portfolio
  Provides information about and resources for developing and using a teaching portfolio.

Doctoral  Provides various online forums for doctoral students and links to other resources.

Dottie and Jane's Adventures--Out of Academia  Offers personal narratives of two Ph.D.'s moving out of academia and links to other resources; interviews with former academics pursuing other careers are soon to come.

Escape Pod for Humanities Ph.D.'s
  Started by three English Ph.D.'s ("Girls With Glasses"), this offers practical career advice, narratives, and links to other resources.  Includes "PhDs Work," formerly a separate site.

Graduate Program Placement Site (Dept. of English, University of Western Ontario)  Offers resources to help students in the English program explore career possibilities and coordinate their job search activities, both within and outside the academic world. 

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online
  A listserv and site providing a forum for issues related to graduate students and professionals with humanities backgrounds.  Includes links to related sites such as H-Survey and H-Teach (focusing on pedagogy), H-W-Civ (for historians),  H-Scholar (for independent scholars).  See the related Grad Link for links to academic information, dissertations, financial assistance, employment, etc.  

How to Be a Good Graduate Student
  Gives advice for doing research, finding an advisor and thesis topic, becoming part of the research community, etc.  

The Ivory Doghouse  Offers links to news about the academic job market in the humanities and arts, information about how professional societies are handling employment issues, and other resources for graduate students and postdocs.

The Keogh Lab  Provides resources and advice for graduate and postgraduate students, from completing the dissertation to postdoctoral fellowships to entering the academic job market.

Landing an Academic Job: The Process and the Pitfalls  Although this was written for those in mechanical and industrial engineering, the advice about applying for an academic job is applicable to most academic job applicants.

Medical University of South Carolina Postdoctoral and Career center /Careers/Careers.html  Lists career opportunities, grants, postdoctoral fellowships and other resources in the sciences.

National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS)  Acts as a clearinghouse for information on graduate and professional student groups at all stages of development.

Negotiating the Non-Tenure Track (Chronicle of Higher Education)  Discusses why some people prefer non-tenure track positions and how to make the most of them. 

Networking on the Network  Explains networking for academic jobs. Science, Math and Engineering Career Site  Offers career information for math, science and engineering Ph.D.'s in fields including science journalism, academe, business, etc., advice about graduate school, CV's, interviewing, resource lists, online discussions, and more.

Phinished  A discussion and support site aimed at helping people finish their dissertations.

Postdoctoral Teaching: Opportunities and Resources  Links to teaching resources, especially those for postdocs.

Preparing Future Faculty, Useful Resources  Offers a range of web resources for graduate students, including: research on doctoral education, organizing and supporting effective mentoring, teaching resources, career and job search information, and more.

Science Next Wave    For scientists interested in academic opportunities in science as well as other professional options. 

Sellout  By an English literature Ph.D. who moved into the software industry, this site includes narratives from Ph.D.'s working "beyond the fold," career FAQs, articles, and other resources.

Survival in the Academy
  From a handbook at Indiana University, this covers choosing an advisor, survival skills for graduate women, and the assistant professor's guide to surviving a new position.

Tips for a Massive Academic Job Search  Extensive and humorous tips from a computer science professor at MIT.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

A Yellow Wood (U.C. Santa Barbara)  Created and maintained by Ph.D.'s, this focuses on nonacademic careers for humanists.

Discipline-specific Resources:

Some of these discipline-specific resources also post jobs and are listed as "Discipline-specific Sites" on the "Jobs and Funding" page.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers   Offers job search strategies, information about career fairs, links to other resources, etc.

American Sociological Association  Under sections for "Sociologists" and "Students," has career development information.

Career Alternatives for Art Historians
  Gives descriptions of and requirements for various careers.  Offers advice on writing CVs/resumes for positions in the chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical and chemical engineering fields, links to chemistry departments around the world, and other resources.

Leaving Physics: What's Out There
  Offers links to and information about alternatives to academic careers in physics.

Nonacademic Careers for Scientific Psychologists
  Posts narratives by psychology Ph.D.'s working in various fields, offers links to other sites, etc., the Biotechnology Career Center  Provides career resources and articles about the field.

Texas A&M University English Department Graduate Placement Information  Provides English grads with links to various job postings and to "Academic Job Search" resources about researching potential jobs, interviewing, preparing for the MLA convention, etc.

Useful Related Resources:

Some of these resources also post jobs and are listed as "Useful Related Sites" on the "Jobs and Funding" page.

The Black Collegian  Provides information on career resources, job search strategies and graduate school opportunities for black collegians.

Career Magazine  Current and archived articles about various careers and the job search, links to other career sites.  A directory of other career sites listed by occupational interest.  Offers career information about the non-profit sector.  Offers links to career resources, organizations, internships, jobs, and more in the non-profit sector.

IM  Provides articles, employer profiles, reports, job postings, and other resources of interest to minority job seekers.

Independent Homeworkers Alliance  A membership organization offering resources for people working at home, whether free-lance, self-employed, or running a small business.

Job Hunter's Bible  Richard Bolles (What Color is Your Parachute) provides links to self-evaluation tools, resources for researching companies and writing resumes, and more.

Occupational Outlook Quarterly  This online O.O.Q. from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides employment projections and career information.

The Riley Guide  A directory for hundreds of job resources, services, and career information guides covering business, industry, government, non-profit, overseas work, etc.  Offers advice on negotiating a salary, a "salary wizard" for computing salaries by field and geographical area, and career resources.  Offers career profiles, Saludos Hispanos online magazine, information about self-employment, company profiles, etc. for bilingual professionals.  

Suppliers of Statistical Analysis Software  Provides a list of twenty-eight suppliers and information about their statistical analysis software programs.  Offers career and training information about tech jobs with specific sites for a number of cities.  Offers information about specific industries, companies, narratives about a typical day in various careers, career advice, message boards, and more.

Wall Street Journal's Career Site  Offers salary and hiring information, career columnists, job-hunting advice, etc. for the business and industry sectors.  For women interested or working in high tech fields.  Gives members access to a job bank, international and local discussion groups, local chapters, career advice, and more.  Provides a range of career resources, including industry and company profiles, advice for career changers, resources for women and minorities, etc.

Work and Career, U.S. News  Offers articles about careers, workplace trends, and general professional development, as well as an index of past articles.

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