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Post-PhD Career Trajectories

Intentions, Decision-Making and Life Aspirations

  • Lynn McAlpine
  • Cheryl Amundsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 3-6
    3. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 7-16
    4. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 17-26
  3. Intention and Careers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 29-38
    3. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 39-49
    4. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 51-58
    5. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 59-71
    6. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 73-84
    7. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 85-92
  4. Conclusions and Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 95-102
    3. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 103-120
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 121-124

About this book

Introduction

This book argues that post-PhD career planning should ideally begin at the same time as the PhD itself. Drawing from ten years of research and stories of close to 50 individuals, each chapter focuses on the stories of individuals who share common career intentions and how they negotiate these both before, during and after their studies. Each career trajectory is different as individuals planned and made decisions in the face of both expected and unexpected work, personal experiences and responsibilities. The book concludes with resources to help those who are currently planning or reflecting on their own career trajectories.

Lynn McAlpine is Professor of Higher Education Development at the University of Oxford, UK and Professor Emerita at McGill University, Canada. She has received distinguished research awards for her research in which a constant thread has been both how individuals in professional and academic roles engage in and learn from the work they are doing and also how to better support that learning. 

Cheryl Amundsen is Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She has focused her research on the investigation of how academics think about teaching, including supervision, in relationship to their disciplinary knowledge. Amundsen currently directs a program that supports academics from across disciplines to design and carry out research about teaching and student learning.

Keywords

Post-PhD career planning Professional Career post PhD Career path Work-life balance Academic careers Professional mobility Networking Professional agency Academic professionals Life aspirations Social science research

Authors and affiliations

  • Lynn McAlpine
    • 1
  • Cheryl Amundsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Professor Emerita at McGill UniversityProfessor of Higher Education Development at the University of Oxford, UK andMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Simon Fraser University Fac. EducationBurnabyCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57660-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57659-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57660-6
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