Academic and Alternative Careers
Launching Your Career in a Recession: Tips for Grad Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education contains a wealth of practical information for graduate students of all disciplines. Below are links and descriptions for several excellent articles on career preparation and options for graduate students.
The first two pertain to job searches within academia, the second two to alternative careers within and beyond academia. We thought they were so helpful that we are, with permission, making connections to them available here.
It's not just the early bird who gets the worm (or the job); it's the very, very early bird.
Use your summer break to collect and prepare the job market materials you will need next fall for a faculty job search.
Although addressed to faculty members, this is a great article for graduate students considering alternative careers within and beyond academia—which is good common sense in today's economy. The article references a number of additional resources for further exploration and guidance.
(Life sciences students will also want to read Career Paths for Life Scientists by the same authors.)
Note: Complete Chronicle resources are accessible to NAU students online at
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