Beyond Academia Career Expo 2018

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Upcoming Career Expo: June 2018

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, ReinventPhD will host its second Career Expo for humanities scholars. This all-day expo will serve as the final class day and requirement of the upcoming Graduate Certificate in the Public Humanities, and will also be open to all humanities Master’s and PhD students in the region. The event will be held at Georgetown University; further details are coming soon. 

Inaugural Career Fair: May 2017

On May 24, 2017, Georgetown Connected Academics and the Cawley Career Education Center were proud to host Beyond Academia: Georgetown University’s Inaugural Career Fair for Scholars in the Humanities! The fair connected thirty current and recent graduate students in the humanities interested in employment beyond academia with a dozen employers in a variety of sectors interested in hiring humanities scholars. 

Panel discussion

The fair began with a panel discussion on the rewards and challenges humanities graduates face in finding non-traditional academic employment. Steve Olsen of the Modern Languages Association and Beth Harlan of Georgetown’s Cawley Career Education Center discussed their experiences working with humanities graduate students as they prepared for non-academic job markets. Professor Ricardo Ortiz discussed the steps he and a team of Georgetown humanities professors have taken in developing a doctoral program in the public humanities. Dr. Maggie Debelius and Dr. Nick Moschovakis both shared their first- and second-hand experience and advice for humanities PhDs interested in transitioning into non-teaching non-research positions.

Career fair 1

Following the panel discussion, current and recent humanities graduate students from Georgetown University and other academic institutions in the Washington, DC region attended a career fair where they had the opportunity to learn about a variety of DC-area employers. The humanities graduate students represented disciplines from across the humanities spectrum, including Philosophy, History, Theology, English, and Communications. Employers represented a range of industries and sectors, including the federal government, local government, private consulting firms, higher education, international non-profits and public service.

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Georgetown Connected Academics is grateful to our partner, the Cawley Career Education Center, for its support in hosting the event, and to Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship for allowing Beyond Academia to take place during its annual Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute.