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Careers for Academics



Featured Speakers to include Jocelyn Sheppard - Principal, Red House Consulting

There’s widespread agreement that a graduate degree in the humanities ought to count as preparation for many kinds of valuable work in the world, but it’s not obvious how to go about finding that work. Scholars at Large, a local Versatile PhD group, will hold a half-day career workshop specifically for MA, MFA, and PhD students in the English Department about how to investigate, pursue, and create careers that may include but also go beyond academia. The workshop is open to any English Department graduate students who would like to explore these options.

There are more varied professional choices than you might expect, and this workshop will help you identify some that might work for you. Designing your career requires research, just like your writing projects. Learn more about how to shape your own professional development and put your academic expertise and skills to work in other domains. Guest speakers with advanced English degrees will share their experiences in making use of their degrees.

This session will be held in Room 501 in the Cathedral of Learning. Coffee, pastries, and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will be limited to 25 participants, who may reserve a place by emailing anu jain ( by Nov. 16. After Nov. 16, any places left will be made available to recent graduates of the department’s graduate degree programs, who may get on a waiting list by emailing Jesse Daugherty (

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