ERIC Number: ED164433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Useful Humanists: Alternative Careers for Ph.D.'s in the Humanities. Working Papers.
Jacobs, Rita D.
Addressing the current employment crisis in the humanities fields, this paper examines employment opportunities for Ph.D. graduates outside the university environment. The report notes that humanities graduates have learned skills of research, problem solving, and writing, and that graduate training emphasizes the ability to penetrate underlying assumptions beyond the immediate situation. These skills may be easily transferred to non-academic pursuits. Hypothetical projects are outlined for humanities specialists and the American Studies Internship Program designed to place its graduates in business and government. Suggested areas in which Ph.D. graduates would make effective contributions include organizational development, human resource programs, career development, and public affairs. Recommendations are that humanists realize that non-academic jobs are not second rate and that interdisciplinary studies, career counseling services, and internships be established. Sections of the paper discuss the current crisis, provide unemployment statistics, and examine academic and institutional stereotypes. A list of associations and a bibliography relevant to humanists seeking non-academic jobs are provided. (KC)
Descriptors: American Studies, Attitude Change, Bibliographies, Business, Career Change, Career Development, Career Guidance, Career Planning, Change Strategies, College Graduates, Doctoral Degrees, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Problems, Employment Qualifications, Employment Statistics, Government (Administrative Body), Graduate Study, Higher Education, Humanities, Industry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Internship Programs, Job Development, Unemployment
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.