Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

The PhD Placement Project

If you’ve spent any time reading “don’t go to grad school” essays, you’ve probably noticed one thing that comes up again and again: a lack of placement data. Prospective grad students have a tough time getting the full story on their job prospects because, well, PhD job placement data is hard to come by. Some universities will offer numbers, but they can be misleading (does a $15,000 a year adjunct position really count as a placement?). And once grad students leave their universities, those universities don’t always keep tabs on them.

So the Chronicle of Higher Education, responding to a recent article by William Pannapacker, has begun a much-needed project: collecting as much PhD placement data as they can. If you have a PhD, or if you started a PhD but dropped out, by all means head over to the site and take a few minutes to fill out their survey. If enough people do this it will provide a REALLY valuable resource for prospective and current grad students.

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2 comments on “The PhD Placement Project

  1. Kathryn
    June 19, 2013

    Thank you so much for posting this! That was one of the more useful and intelligent surveys I’ve taken, and I’m definitely going to spread it around to my friends.

  2. gradland
    June 19, 2013

    Thanks Kathryn, please do! And I recommend sending them an email as well if you haven’t already, the more info they have about what people want to see the better.

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