The ImaginePhD project seeks to bridge the knowledge gap between PhD training and the realm of career possibilities for humanities and social sciences PhDs. To achieve this goal, ImaginePhD will provide advanced degree holders in the humanities and social sciences with an online tool modeled after myIDP, to encourage and inspire them to take the immediate next steps in their individual career exploration, to enhance their professional development, and to create related self-defined goals to achieve these steps.
ImaginePhD will be an online tool that facilitates career exploration by inviting users to evaluate and reflect on their own skills, values and interests and to investigate related career options with unobstructed paths from the PhD (i.e. not requiring additional academic degrees or academic training, although on-the-job training may be appropriate in some cases). An equally important component of the tool is its goal setting application, which enables the user to map out next steps for career and professional development.
After completing a self-assessment, users will be presented a set of related job families that complement their top skills and interests. Information will be provided about each job family to not only illuminate available career options but also to share resources that help prepare for the job search. These resources will help answer the common question “What Next?” and encourage users to plan ahead and hold themselves accountable to the ideas generated from using the tool. ImaginePhD will not be prescriptive but rather offer information and insights to facilitate career exploration and search process. Addition features will include: note-taking that becomes part of the user profile and available to draw on for goal setting, resources about the sixteen job families and career exploration strategies, as well as a guide to help users better identify and understand the transferable skills acquired throughout doctoral training. As career exploration and goal setting are iterative processes, the ImaginePhD project aims to provide a starting point rather than to facilitate closure on the career decision making process.
Content and Resource Development:
Sarah Peterson, Chair | email@example.com
Annie Maxfield, Chair | firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Dillinger, Interim Chair | email@example.com | 530.752.7566
Teresa Dillinger, Chair | firstname.lastname@example.org | 530.752.7566
Mike Matrone, GCC Executive Board Treasurer
Additional funding is needed to build a personalized, dynamic, and interactive tool that benefits humanities and social science PhDs. Sponsorship is available at the following levels:
For additional information, please contact ad hoc committee chair, Teresa Dillinger, email@example.com
Annual GCC conference 2016
About the Project:
The ImaginePhD project is organized as an ad hoc committee under the auspices of the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC). For more than 25 years, the GCC has been the professional network of staff and administrators who provide professional and career development for PhDs and postdoctoral scholars at their universities and institutions.