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What is the goal of career planning?

Your choice today is not your career destiny. Period. But to get unstuck in your career, you must take action. And a good career plan will lead you through the questions you need to ask yourself to make yourself do something.

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Permanently ABD

Why I quit my PhD program, and where I stand these many years later. in my alt-ac career. Looking back on my choice to quit and stay All But Dissertation.

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For Alt-Acs: Lose the Dissertation Requirement, PhD programs

“What might a PhD program designed specifically for alternative-academic careers look like” asks Joshua Kim in the Inside HigherEd article “Collaborative Work, Academic Training, and Alt-Ac Careers.” It’s a good question. Kim’s article points out how much PhD work – the prospectus, the lit reviews, the research, analysis, and the dissertation, are all done as solo efforts. But alt-acs “do almost all of their work in collaboration.” True. Nearly all of my work is as part of a team. Yes, there is a rhythm between doing individual tasks independently (writing curriculum, writing training workshops, etc.) but that is balanced in at least equal amounts of time by coming back together to work with a team (instructional designers, web developers) on how the curriculum I’ve written will be developed and delivered as eLearning. The other alt-acs I work with – their work is largely structured the same.

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Bite-Sized Career Development

In my day job, I manage professional development programs. And in that field the trend has moved to offering bite-sized training. Appetizers, if you will. Rather than committing someone to a full three-course meal (or more!) of training, we know adults learn best when single-tasked and focused, and in smaller chunks, particularly as we get bombarded with more and more information. This applies really well to graduate school training too.

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