Transferable skills may save your life…or at least help you operate in a hostile work environment


Chicken road

The answer to the age-old question, ‘why did the chicken cross the road?’ has finally been answered and its related to the role of transferable skills and intellectual development post-PhD.

No, transferable (or generic as they are sometimes called) skills may not always save your life, but they’ll always be there to help you out in lots of very different situations.

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One Response to Transferable skills may save your life…or at least help you operate in a hostile work environment

  1. I could probably write an entire book on this topic by now.

    I already finished my humanities Ph.D. and have been unemployed for way too long. (I write about it occasionally on my blog.) And I can tell you that the whole thing about transferable skills is so true. Having a doctorate is an incredible disadvantage on the job market… to the point that some people suggest leaving it off the resume. However, I still manage to get the occasional interview while so many others are giving up in this awful employment market. (I chose the nonacademic route.)

    I can also tell you that I’d be toast if I hadn’t had teaching assistantships and other work experience during graduate school. If you don’t have those, get them; they’re better than fellowships. And if you can’t get them, volunteer somewhere. Actually, volunteer anyway; it will do you (and someone else, of course) a lot of good.

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