What can you do with a Humanities PhD? Takeaways from “Inside Dope: Life as a Humanist”

by Vael Gates, Alicia Roy, David Bratt, and Cécile Fortuny On April 6th, current and past PhD students in the humanities gathered to hear and share advice about career trajectories. This was the second year of “Inside Dope: Life as a Humanist“, an event organized by the Townsend Center in partnership with the Graduate Division, Career Center, and Beyond Academia. Eleven Berkeley PhD graduates, currently working in a range of academic/non-academic careers, led small group …

Teamwork and leadership – Part 2

An interview with Vibeke Broe, the PhD career consultant of Aarhus University (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vibeke-broe-2b70b24)   To read Part 1 of the interview, click here!   BA: What, exactly, does it mean to be a skilled leader? When should doctoral students highlight their leadership experience? Vibeke: The importance of leadership skills depends on the position you are applying to. Leadership skills—like willingness to debate, taking responsibility, influencing/motivating others, selling your ideas, and understanding what is needed to …

Teamwork and leadership – Part 1

An interview with Vibeke Broe, the PhD career consultant of Aarhus University (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vibeke-broe-2b70b24)   Last Thursday afternoon was an unremarkable December afternoon in Denmark with light drizzle accompanied by piercing wind. While enjoying a cup of coffee with butter cookies, Beyond Academia chatted with Vibeke Broe, one of the PhD career consultants at Aarhus University.   Vibeke studied English at Aalborg University and communication studies at the University of York. She has been working as …

Advice from the Job Search

  Welcome back to the blog! In this week’s post, we speak with a recent graduate in Materials Science and Engineering who was able to make professional connections at last year’s conference. After going through the job process, they got back in touch with us to share their insights.   BA: What would your main piece of advice be for someone beginning the job search? My main piece of advice (based only on my personal …