There is a exciting world beyond academia for PhDs. Once you discovered it, the sky is the limit. Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia
Science PhD programs train candidates for work in academia, but they could help those who want to take a different path too, writes .
Science PhD programs train candidates for work in academia, but they could help those who want to take a different path too, writes .
"I’m a PhD candidate in chemistry with no intention of pursuing a career in academia."
Science PhD programmes cater almost exclusively to students bound for academia, but they don’t have to...
Should the PhD be changed to train for more than academia?
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"If academia can’t appreciate the inherent value of professions beyond ‘research professor’, then maybe it can at least recognize the benefits it gains from having PhD-trained scientists in roles outside academia," writes .
"But the goal of an original research proposal... isn’t to evaluate progress, but rather to serve as practice for developing exploratory project ideas and securing funding for them — skills most relevant to future professors."
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This story is valid in fields outside of chemistry. Most STEM PhDs pursue careers outside of academia.
Excellent, first-hand piece about how we still have a long way to go to get science faculty to adequately support students who aren’t going to academia.
Strongly disagree. The PhD is not a general qualification degree. If you want to make changes, teach basics in statistics, critical thinking, science history and philosophy, proper research practices, and scientometrics. Learn industry stuff in industry.
Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia
"We must first subvert the assumption on which PhD programs seem to be built: that their participants plan to pursue academia. This mindset is a consequence of PhD programs being crafted by professors who used their own career trajectory as a template."
Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia Science PhD programmes cater almost exclusively to students bound for academia, but they don’t have to, says Sarah Anderson.
Interesting ideas on how we can support PhDs as they develop towards a range of career outcomes. How about revamping quals to include options other than just academic proposals? Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia
Science PhD programmes cater almost exclusively to students bound for academia, but they don’t have to, says Sarah Anderson. "Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia"