Flipping the school day – having grad students report to work for part of the day – is a win-win for students, grad schools AND employers.
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.
One of the foremost thinkers in how we can overhaul the graduate school experience to address career planning is Leonard Cassuto. In addition to his excellent book The Graduate School Mess (which should be required reading for anyone interested in the topic), he also writes a series for the Chronicle of Higher Education called the Graduate Adviser. His latest post, “Outcomes-based Graduate School: The Humanities Edition” illustrates how one university – Lehigh – tackled overhauling its graduate curriculum in English. There’s several things to note in how they went about this.
Back in the recession, I was shocked at how ill-prepared grad students were for the work of finding work. Now, eleven years later, I’m becoming less patient with grad schools not transparently providing the facts and training they need to have the wool ripped off their eyes.